Why I waited so long to check out Baseball Prospectus today, I have no idea. But Kevin Goldstein had excellent information on some of the prominent unsigned draft picks:
The Yankees are also spending big in this year’s draft. While there has been little movement in talks with first-round selection Gerrit Cole, supplemental first-round pick Jeremy Bleich is close to signing for an over-slot bonus of somewhere just over $1 million.
In addition, sixth-rounder Brett Marshall, a classic power arm teenager from high school is close to agreeing to a deal for around $750,000; seventh-round selection Kyle Higashioka, one of the best high school catchers in the draft, has been bought away from a commitment to Cal for “somewhere in Marshall’s neighborhood”; and 10th-round pick D.J. Mitchell, who came on strong late in the season at Clemson, is close to signing for approximately $500,000.
None of this is surprising, as that’s what transpired last season. Teams have until Aug. 15 to sign players and often the commissioner’s office holds up approving deals that go over slot. You can expect the Yankees to announce a flurry of deals on that day.
Higashioka is the kid who visited the Stadium last month and impressed the team with his demeanor. Marshall visited with the team when they were in Houston. Those have been the kids they’ve focused on from the start.
When the Yankees take a h.s. kid in the first 20 rounds, it’s usually somebody with value at that pick who fell for signability reasons.