The season came to a close for the LSU baseball team last Thursday, at the hands of TCU, but for eight Tigers the journey is just beginning.
With the season over, the players have been free to begin negotiations with their new teams. Three of those eight have already agreed to contracts, with Jared Foster inked by the Angels for $100k, Zac Person agreeing for $10k with the Astros and Conner Hale getting $50k from the Mariners. The five remaining draftees, including Andrew Stevenson, Kade Scivicque, Mark Laird and Chris Chinea are expected to sign either later this week or early next week.
The main prize, however, also appears to be close to turning pro, with news breaking that the second-overall pick, Alex Bregman, has agreed to a contract in the $6 million range. The agreement is pending a physical.
As the casual observer may note, the recommended bonus for the second-overall pick is $7,420,100, so the Astros are saving roughly $1.42 million on Bregman, giving them some extra wiggle-room to try to get their third first-round pick, Dazmon Cameron, signed. Houston didn’t get much savings with their second first-rounder, Kyle Tucker, who signed for $188k under slot, but with all but three players signed (Cameron, Thomas Eshelman and Riley Ferrell), they still have a little more than $6.2 million left to spend.
Despite slumping down the stretch, Bregman finished the season fifth on the team with a .323 average, and first with 22 doubles, 59 runs, 36 walks and 38 stolen bases.