In a surprising last-minute deal, former Roxbury Latin standout Jack McGeary has signed with the Washington Nationals.
Touted as a potential first-round pick, McGeary slid to the sixth round where the Nationals scooped him up with the 190th pick overall. McGeary maintained that he wouldn't sign for anything less than first-round money and secured himself a $1.8 million signing bonus by agreeing late Wednesday night.
A day after it appeared he would not play professional baseball, left-hander Jack McGeary, the sixth-round pick from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft signed with the Nationals late on Wednesday night.
McGeary said back in June that he was not going to sign with the Nationals unless he received first-round money and he now has it. According to sources, McGeary will get a $1.8 million signing bonus and the team will pay for his college education to Stanford University.
The Nationals have now signed each of their first 20 selections from the 2007 draft.
"We are very pleased to be able to draft and sign three left-handed starting pitchers -- Jack McGeary, Ross Detwiler and Josh Smoker -- all blessed with first-round talent," general manager Jim Bowden said in a press release.
McGeary, 18, was named the 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts after going 6-1 with a 0.88 ERA in seven starts as a senior for Roxbury Latin High School in West Roxbury, MA. He struck out 80 in his 40 innings, leading his club to a share of the Independent School League championship.
How does McGeary's signing bonus stack up? It would appear McGeary got the money of an low-teen pick. From the Associated Press:
Also agreeing on the final day were right-hander Jarrod Parker (No. 9) and Arizona at $2.1 million, left-hander Madison Bumgarner (No. 10) and San Francisco at about $2 million, right-hander Phillippe Aumont (No. 11) and Seattle at $1.9 million, third baseman Matt Dominguez (No. 12) and Florida at $1.8 million, and outfielder Wendell Fairley (No. 29) and San Francisco at about $1 million.
The last-second deal came as quite the surprise. The Washington Nationals' website reported Tuesday that:
McGeary will forgo professional baseball and attend Stanford University, which the Nationals were expecting all along. Washington will not be compensated in next year's Draft for losing McGeary."
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