August 18, 2009
Strasburg among Late MLB
San Diego State standout Stephen Strasburg (left) was among
several former college stars to sign before Monday’s midnight
The top overall pick of the 2009 First-Year
Player Draft, Strasburg agreed to a contract with the Washington
Nationals for more than $15 million.
North Carolina All-American Dustin Ackley, the
No. 2 overall pick, signed with the Seattle Mariners.
The Cincinnati Reds signed a pair of college
pitchers. Arizona State righty Mike Leake, the eighth overall
pick, and USC right-hander Brad Boxberger, a supplemental
first-round selection, became official on Monday night.
Grant Green, former USC shortstop, agreed to
terms with the Oakland Athletics. Alex White, UNC right-hander,
signed with the Cleveland Indians. Missouri hurler Kyle Gibson
was inked by the Minnesota Twins.
The Detroit Tigers were able to sign second-round
pick Andrew Oliver, a former left-handed pitcher at Oklahoma
Three first-round picks did not sign. Former
Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow, the 12th-overall pick of Kansas
City, can still negotiate with the Royals as he has exhausted
his college eligibility. High school lefty Matt Purke, the
14th-overall pick by the Texas Rangers, reportedly turned down
$4 million and is expected to attend TCU. He will be a
draft-eligible sophomore, making him available for the draft in
2011. LeVon Washington, the 30th-overall pick by the Tampa Bay
Rays, reportedly will go to a junior college to be eligible for
the 2010 draft.