Several high E.V. picks sign with MLB teams
The signings are coming fast and furious, as many former East Valley baseball stars have agreed to terms with the Major League Baseball teams which drafted them last week. All figures courtesy of Baseball America.
* D.J. Peterson, the former Gilbert High star who recently wrapped up a terrific career with New Mexico, agreed to a $2.76 million signing bonus with the Mariners, who drafted him No. 12 overall. Peterson and Seattle agreed on the exact slot bonus recommended by MLB.
* Desert Ridge shortstop Riley Unroe, the Tribune’s Player of the Year, received a $1 million bonus to sign with the Rays. Tampa Bay chose Unroe No. 60 overall (second round) and paid him $72,500 more than slot to forgo his college commitment to Southern California.
* Basha shortstop Jamie Westbrook signed with the Diamondbacks for $450,000. He was a fifth-round pick of the team but was paid $131,700 more than his slot recommendation to pass up Pepperdine.
* Hamilton right-hander Patrick Murphy signed below slot, but still got $500,000 from the Blue Jays after he surprisingly went in the third round. Murphy missed all season while recovering from Tommy John surgery but Toronto was certainly not scared off. Murphy had been committed to Oregon.
Gilbert shortstop Dustin Peterson (second round, No. 50 overall) and Hamilton first baseman Cody Bellinger (fourth round, No. 124 overall) are the last two big names from the high school ranks left unsigned, but they are expected to agree to deals with the Padres and Dodgers, respectively. Peterson is committed to Arizona State and Bellinger to Oregon.