Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Twins close to signing first round pick Levi Michael

The Twins are close to finalizing a deal with first round pick Levi Michael out of the University of North Carolina. The multi-tool infielder was picked by the Twins with the 30th pick in the first round of last month's draft. His college team made a run to the College World Series so this prevented the Twins from being able to negotiate with him.

Michael has already visited the Twin Cities to take a physical for the team. This visit took place at the end of last week and it is one of the main signals that a deal is close to being finalized.

Only seven of the first 33 picks have signed with their respective clubs so far from the 2011 Draft. Both of the picks in front of Michael have signed with their teams and a couple of the picks after him have completed their deals.

28. Braves - Sean Gilmartin - signed for $1.13MM
29. Giants - Joe Panik signed for $1.116MM
30. Twins - Levi Michael
31. Rays - Mikie Mahtook
32. Rays - Jake Hager signed for $963K
33. Rangers - Kevin Matthews signed for $936K

By looking at the chart above, it is easy to tell that Michael will sign for a bonus between $1-$1.1 million. That figure is also close to the signing bonus that is suggested by MLB. 

The Twins also need to work on signing both of their supplemental round picks from this past year's draft. There were 27 players taken in this portion of the draft and almost half of the picks have agreed to terms with their respective clubs. Travis Harrison, the 50th pick, and Hudson Boyd, the 55th pick, should get over $625,000 to sign with the Twins. 

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