PHOENIX (AP) — High school right-hander Hunter Greene, taken by the Cincinnati Reds with the second overall pick in last month’s amateur draft, has agreed to a minor league contract with a $7.23 million signing bonus — the highest since constraints on draft spending began in 2012.
The deal, reached before Friday’s 5 p.m. EDT deadline to sign for players with remaining college eligibility, tops the $7,005,000 signing bonus agreed to last week between University of Louisville pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay and Tampa Bay, which choose him with the fourth selection.
Greene’s bonus is the highest ever for a high school pitcher. He also played shortstop at Notre Dame High School in California. A fastball that can reach 100 mph has the Reds projecting him as a future ace.