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First round update

With the White Sox officially signing No. 23 pick Jared Mitchell, that brings the total of first-rounders who have signed to an even dozen. Here’s the latest info, with links to the stories that have been written about their pro debuts, of course (reported bonus figures are included):

1. Stephen Strasburg, Washington — unsigned
2. Dustin Ackley, Seattle — unsigned
3. Donavan Tate, San Diego — unsigned
4. Tony Sanchez, Pittsburgh — $2.5 million
(Hitting .333 over 10 total games — 12-for-36, now with Class A West Virginia)
5. Matt Hobgood, Baltimore — $2.42 million
6. Zack Wheeler, San Francisco — unsigned
7. Mike Minor, Atlanta — unsigned
8. Mike Leake, Cincinnati — unsigned (though apparently he’s close)
9. Jacob Turner, Detroit — unsigned
10. Drew Storen, Washington — $1.6 million
(5.59 ERA in 7 games — 3.86 in three July outings — 14 K, 0 BB in 9.2 IP)
11. Tyler Matzek, Colorado — unsigned
12. Aaron Crow, Kansas City — unsigned
13. Grant Green, Oakland — unsigned
14. Matt Purke, Texas — unsigned
15. Alex White, Cleveland — unsigned
16. Bobby Borchering, Arizona — unsigned
17. A.J. Pollock, Arizona — $1.4 million
(.351 in 9 games — 13-for-37, 2 steals)
18. Chad James, Florida — unsigned
19. Shelby Miller, St. Louis — unsigned
20. Chad Jenkins, Toronto — unsigned
21. Jiovanni Mier, Houston — $1.358 million
22. Kyle Gibson, Minnesota — unsigned
23. Jared Mitchell, Chicago (AL) — $1.2 million
(Should be making his debut today)
24. Randal Grichuk, Los Angeles (AL) —
(.283 in 12 games — 15-for-53, 3 2B, 2 3B)
25. Mike Trout, Los Angeles (AL) — $1.215 million
(.571 in 4 games — 8-for-14, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 SB)
26. Eric Arnett, Milwaukee — $1.2 million
(4.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K)
27. Nick Franklin, Seattle — unsigned
28. Reymond Fuentes, Boston — $1.13 million
(6-for-10 in three games)
29. Slade Heathcott, New York (AL) — unsigned
30. LeVon Washingotn, Tampa — unsigned
31. Brett Jackson, Chicago (NL) — $972,000
(.400 in 8 games — 12-for-30, 2 3B, 8 RBIs)
32. Tim Wheeler, Colorado — $900,000
(.276 in 14 games — 16-for-58, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 3 SB)

I think if and when Leake signs, assuming he’s the first of the college arms to go, that will lead to a domino effect with a bunch of the other college pitchers who are still unsigned.

Once we get past the Futures Game, I’ll try to get back to track down the first rounders and talk to them about their debuts. I owe you stories on Pollock, Mitchell (assuming he plays today),Trout, Fuentes, Jackson and Wheeler.  Hobgood, too, if/when he pitches for the first time.

Draft signing update

Well, it seems like we’ve got a total of nine first-rounders signed to date. In case you’ve lost track, they are:

No. 4 Tony Sanchez, Pirates
No. 5 Matt Hobgood (just happened over the weekend), Orioles
No. 10 Drew Storen, Nationals
No. 17 A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks
No. 21 Jiovanni Mier, Astros (I just talked to him today, look for a story about his pro debut tomorrow)
No. 24 Randal Grichuk, Angels
No. 26 Eric Arnett, Brewers
No. 31 Brett Jackson, Cubs
No. 32 Tim Wheeler, Rockies

The Hobgood signing is the first top 10 pick to sign since I posted about my Top 10 Signing Game. We ended up with 4 contestents, and here’s the update, giving the differential of guessed signing date and bonus as indicators:

Matt S. — 6 days; $80,000 (he had July 3, $2.5 mil for Hobgood)
Brian O. — 7 days; $80,000
Todd F. — 26 days; $1.08 mil
Jon W. — 48 days; $80,000

Debuts aplenty

I love the time right after the Draft. Not only do we have the College World Series and the Cape Cod League going on for those wanting to continue to follow amateur ball. And all those draftees start signing and start embarking on professional careers.

We’ve already talked a bunch about No. 10 pick Drew Storen. He’s now pitched twice for the Hagerstown Suns.

Joining him among the first-rounders to play is No. 4 pick Tony Sanchez. He made his debut over the weekend for short-season State College and I got to talk to him this morning about it. I have to say I was very impressed with how he carried himself, at least in our conversation. Here’s the story that came out of that interview: First-round pick Sanchez makes debut.

And there’s more to come:

No. 24 pick Randal Grichuk is slated to be in the lineup for the rookie-level Arizona League Angels tonight.
No. 26 pick Eric Arnett will pitch for Helena, the Brewers’ affiliate in the rookie-level Pioneer League on Wednesday.
No. 32 pick Tim Wheeler is in Tri-City, the Rockies’ club in the short-season Northwest League.

And how about this for fate. No. 17 pick A.J. Pollock has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks. He’ll have a physical in Arizona tomorrow (Tuesday), sign his contract and then be assigned to… that’s right, South Bend. In case you’ve forgotten, Pollock played his college ball at Notre Dame, which, if you didn’t know, is in South Bend. I wonder if he got to keep his college digs for the rest of the summer.

More tomorrow, including answering an email question about the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner.

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