August 17, 2010


Draft picks sign before Monday deadline


The majority of the unsigned high picks from this year’s Major League draft inked deals before the midnight deadline Monday.


The top selection, Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada, agreed to terms with the Washington Nationals.


Several former Division I players also signed on Monday: Drew Pomeranz (right) of Ole Miss with the Cleveland Indians, Matt Harvey of North Carolina with the New York Mets, Deck McGuire of Georgia Tech with the Toronto Blue Jays, Yasmani Grandal of Miami (Fla.) with the Cincinnati Reds, Gary Brown of Cal State Fullerton with the San Francisco Giants, Zack Cox of Arkansas with the St. Louis Cardinals, Kyle Parker of Clemson with the Colorado Rockies, Anthony Ranaudo of LSU with the Boston Red Sox, Brett Eibner of Arkansas with the Kansas City Royals, Jordan Swagerty of Arizona State with the St. Louis Cardinals and Austin Wates of Virginia Tech with the Houston Astros..


The sixth overall pick, Barret Loux of Texas A&M, failed to sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks after failing a physical exam.


Dylan Covey, the No. 14 overall selection, could not reach a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after taking a physical. Covey will pitch for the San Diego Toreros.


(photo by Jimmy Jones)