The MLB Signing Deadline is fast approaching as all teams have until midnight on August 15th to sign their draft picks or they will head to college for the 2012 season. Here is the latest news and notes from around the country.
The LA Dodgers have agreed to a deal with Stanford LHP Chris Reed according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. Reed had a breakout season at Stanford appearing in 29 games (one start) with a 6-2 record and a 2.56 ERA. He struck out 52 batters in 52.2 innings pitched while walking 17.
Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Houston Astros expect negotiations with UConn’s George Springer to go down to the wire. In the report, he states talks have picked up steam between Springer’s advisor Greg Genske and Houston’s assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck. Another note in the article is the fact that Vanderbilt RHP Jack Armstrong was in Houston on Thursday taking his physical. The Astros and Jack Armstrong’s father who is acting as his agent are expected to start negotiating after the physical results.
The Chicago Cubs still need to sign their first round pick Javier Baez who is a power hitting shortstop out of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Carrie Muskrat of MLB.com reports that negotiations between the two parties have been ongoing and productive but it is expected to come down to Monday evening. The Cubs also have not signed second round pick Daniel Vogelbach out of Bishop Verot High School in Ft. Myers, Florida. If the Cubs can’t come to an agreement with Vogelbach, he will become a member of the Florida Gators and add to an already powerful lineup.
We reported on Wednesday on our Twitter that UConn’s John Andreoli had signed with the Chicago Cubs after being selected in the 17th round. Andreoli was named an All-Star in the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer hitting .255 with seven RBI.
Coastal Carolina ace RHP Anthony Meo agreed to a contract with the Diamondbacks according to CBD sources close to the situation. Meo had an outstanding season with the Chanticleers going 10-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 16 starts.