The Dodgers as expected have reportedly agreed to terms with their 2014 second-round draft pick, outfielder Alex Verdugo out of Sahuaro High School in Tucson, Arizona. Verdugo signed for the recommended slot bonus amount of $914,600, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.
Verdugo was a two-way player in high school but the Dodgers plan to use the No. 62 overall pick as a center fielder. He is passing up a scholarship to Arizona State.
"If he doesn't hit, he can go right on the mound like Kenley Jansen or Pedro Baez or those guys, and I think he's a big league pitcher," Dodgers VP of amateur scouting and draft head Logan White said on Thursday. "But I don't have any doubt this kid is going to go out and swing the bat well."
But forget inking a contract that nets a nearly seven-figure bonus, perhaps the most amazing thing about Verdugo is this tweet from a tennis Hall of Famer.
With Verdugo on board for slot money and fifth-round pick Jared Walker also signing for the allotted amount, the Dodgers for the moment are right on target with their allowed draft expenditures, without penalties:
|Dodgers 2014 Draft Bonus Pool|
|Bonuses over $100,000 (rounds 11-40)||$0||$0||$0|