Friday, July 29, 2011

Twins not close to signing Harrison, Boyd

Last week I wrote a post that discussed the Twins being close to signing their first round pick Levi Michael from the University of North Carolina. He has already been to the Twin Cities to take a physical and should sign for a bonus around $1 million. It seems that both sides are still close to a deal and hopefully it can get done in the next week.

After the Twins picked Michael, they had two other picks in the supplemental round of last month's draft. With those picks, the Twins took two high school players, Travis Harrison and Hudson Boyd. The deadline to sign players that have college eligibility left is midnight on August 15. That date is fast approaching and according to LaVelle E. Neal, a deal is not close for either of these players.

Harrison has committed to the University of Southern California but the signing bonus and prospect of becoming a professional baseball player could be enough to sway him away from that commitment. At Tustin High School in California, Harrison hit nine home runs in his first 22 games. He ended the season with a .486 BA to go along with 12 home runs. His ability to hit for power is what drew the Twins to him and the team might be forced to overpay for that raw power ability.

Boyd went to high school close to the Twins training facility in Fort Myers, Florida. He is a big right handed pitcher that is listed at 6'2" and 235 lbs. Most reports on Boyd tell that he has two pitches that are major league ready. His fastball is consistently in the mid-nineties and his curveball is in the mid-seventies. The third pitch in his repertoire at this point is a change-up but that pitch is still developing. Depending on how his pitches develop, he could end up a starter or a relief pitcher.

It will be interesting to see if the Twins are able to sign both of these players before the deadline in mid-August. Some of the supplemental picks that have already signed with their teams have been getting higher signing bonuses than they were slotted to receive.

Here is an updated look at the players around Boyd and Harrison and what they got for a signing bonus:
47. White Sox - Keenyn Walker - agreed to terms for $795K
48. Padres - Michael Kelly 
49. Giants - Kyle Crick - signed for $900K
50. Twins - Travis Harrison
51. Yankees - Dante Bichette Jr. - signed for $750K
52. Rays - Blake Snell - signed for $684K53. Blue Jays - Dwight Smith Jr.
54. Padres - Brett Austin
55. Twins - Hudson Boyd
56. Rays - Kes Carter - signed for $625K
57. Blue Jays - Kevin Comer
58. Padres - Jace Peterson - signed for $624,600

1 comment:

talkintwinsbb said...

I definitely think that the Twins will need to go overslot for both of these guys, if they want to sign them. My guess is both are looking for 7 figures... Not sure the Twins will do that, but I bet both do get a little more than slot.