The Toronto Blue Jays have already inked eight of their Top 10 draft picks and there is optimism that they will come to terms with the remaining two.
The remaining two unsigned picks are Canadian Dasan Brown who the Blue Jays drafted in the third round. According to rumblings around the industry, Brown is likely to forego his commitment to Texas A&M to sign an above-slot deal, however, nothing has been finalized.
The other unsigned selection is catcher Philip Clarke who was taken in the ninth round out of Vanderbilt University. Clarke is currently playing in the College World Series which has stalled talks with the Blue Jays. Clarke is expected to sign once his post-secondary season comes to an end, however, does have some leverage being a sophomore.
The team made it official with first-round pick Alek Manoah inking the larger than life hurler to a $4,547,500 million dollar deal. The deal was actually $2500 below the estimated slot value for an 11th round selection.
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The Blue Jays have surprisingly signed six of their eight picks to under slot deals with Kendall Williams and Glenn Santiago the only two to garner more than the estimated value. It is speculated that the saved finances will be utilized to lure high schooler Dasan Brown away from Texas A&M.
Angel Camacho was taken in the 8th round and signed for just $2500 out of Jacksonville University. The deal was $172,500 below slot value, the senior lacked negotiating leverage being in his fourth year of studies.
Seventh-round pick L.J. Talley also signed a deal that was $196,000 below the recommended slot value. The Jays have been efficient with their signings, to say the least, so hopefully, they can nail down Brown and Clarke to go a perfect ten for ten.