By John Manuel
September 28, 2001
The Expos have signed first-round pick Josh Karp, the sixth overall pick in the 2001 draft. Karp, a righthander out of UCLA, agreed to a standard minor league contract with a $2.65 million bonus.
Karp is the last first-round pick to sign, meaning 28 of the first 30 picks signed professional contracts. Righthander Alan Horne, an Indians first-rounder, decided to attend Mississippi, while Reds lefty Jeremy Sowers, the 20th overall selection, is attending Vanderbilt. The highest unsigned player in the draft who still could sign remains Padres second-round pick Matt Harrington.
The 21-year-old went 23-7, 4.66 in three seasons for UCLA and also had two standout summers for Team USA. In 2001, Karp battled a groin injury that forced him to miss a start and went 5-2, 3.26. In 80 innings, he struck out 92.
Karp was an eighth-round pick of the Braves in 1998 out of Bothell (Wash.) High and reportedly turned down $2 million at that time.