Jun
24

2012 Draft: Yankees agree to sign 18th rounder Brady Lail

By

Via James Edward, the Yankees have agreed to sign 18th round pick Brady Lail for a $225k bonus plus another $135k in future college money. The two sides hammered out the deal at an Arizona steakhouse on Friday and the contract will become official tomorrow.

Lail, a high school right-hander from Utah, is a classic project arm at 6-foot-3 and 170 lbs. with a fastball that ranges anywhere from 86-94. He also throws a true knuckle-curve and the occasional changeup, but both pitches — as well as his command — need work. Here’s some video. Since Lail was drafted after the tenth round, $125k of his bonus will count against the draft pool. You can see all of the team’s draft picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the draft pool situation with our 2012 Draft Pool page.

Categories : Asides, Draft
  • Adam

    Any word on Vincent Jackson? These overslot signings aren’t going to help the Yanks convince him to sign. I wish they’d try to get his situation out of the way first.

    • Ted Nelson

      The overslot signings absolutely might get him to sign before the Yankees offer nothing more than $100k and he has to wait three years for a shot at getting paid… Which only comes if he excels in at least one sport.

      Unless you know what he’s asking for hard to want them to wait around for him. Could have already told them he won’t sign for anything less than $2 mill or something, or they might already be nearing a deal with him… Who knows?

  • Smart Guy

    Jose mesa jr, sign him now!

    • Larch

      Vincent Jackson was BA’s number 174 draft prospect, Ty Moore was 246, and Jose Mesa Jr was 90th in the state of Florida. KLF thinks Dayton Dawe (341) will be next for about what Lail got.

      • yooboo

        Jackson, Moore and Mesa Jr are hard to sign because they have potential to earn at least 500k in 2 or 3 years.

        Lail has a lot of projection in him so he wont see 500k in 2 or 3 years. Dawe is similar but has better mechanic for 90 mph consistently so he may see 500k in two years.

        • Ted Nelson

          The considerations are quite a bit more complicated than that.

  • crawdaddie

    Hensley, Refsynder and Dawes will the end of their signings unless someone wants to sign for 100K in the late rounds.

    • Ted Nelson

      I’m still hoping they manage to get Hensley under slot and have some more to spread around.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    How much room would the Yankees have for Jackson? Hope they sign him before the deadline for good money

    • Ted Nelson

      Get over the race stuff

      • Guest

        What are you implying?

        If you’re implying what I think you’re implying, you’re stupid.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

          I think he was joking…but I’m not sure…

          • Tyrone Sharpton

            wtf is wrong with you? other people mentioned jackson too

            • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

              What? I’m very confused by your comment.

              • Tyrone Sharpton

                i was referring to ted nelson’s comment

  • CP

    So the ‘future college money’ doesn’t impact the spending cap?

    • RetroRob

      It appears not.

      I’m still wondering if the future college money is a slight workaround in the CBA rules, and if it will get converted to cash down the line. Perhaps all the kid needs to do is enroll in a single class to trip the full bonus, and then just never go.

      Of course, in most cases, a good percentage of these kids will never make the Majors, so they may actually use the future college money for what its intended: college!

      • Ted Nelson

        It cannot be converted to cash. They guarantee the scholarship, so the money goes to the school. There may be a living stipend attached that would be cash, but that’s going to be somewhat minimal.

        • RetroRob

          Makes sense. I still looking to see if some team figures a creative way around the CBA rules. There may be no way, or it may take a year or two for teams to figure out the holes.

  • crawdaddie

    Right, future college money does not count towards the bonus.

  • Januz

    I think we are down to three possibilities: Dawe, Hensley & Diaz. My preduction is if Hensley signs, it will be for $1.8 plus college. Which involves paying the 5% penalty, to get an extra $200,000, which hopefully will be enough.

    • Bo Knows

      Hensley will sign, the question is for how much. Every indication from him says that he wants to sign

      • Reggie C.

        I agree. I wouldnt be surprised if Hensley’s advisors are asking for $1.8 million, which is the value of the #22 pick. Yanks will undoubtedly pay it, but the team is trying to first sign the late round HS picks hoping that price points have dropped in these intervening weeks since the draft.

        Lail supposedly wasnt signing for less than $400K, and I’ve read that Lail turned down the Athletics in the 9th round who offered him $250. He signed for $225K. That’s alittle bit of savings but it does tell us that sometimes these HS kids’s price points do drop.

        • Januz

          The MLB Draft is like a poker competition, and Lail tried to bluff his way through, in order to get $400K, but it simply did not work, and the Yankees got him for a price closer to their price, then what he wanted. Watch the battle in Pittsburgh with the Bucs vs Boras and Mark Appel. Boras tried come up with crazy demands, and Appel sank like a rock, so it is either sign with the Pirates or risk going back to Stanford for his senior year, and of course, anything can happen.

          • RetroRob

            Yeah, I’m fascinated by what’s going to happen there. He could hurt himself here is he becomes so unreasonable and the top picks and his clients fall in the draft, which is bad news with the new slotting rules. A kid seeing what happened to Appel may decide to not hire Boras because of the danger of losing money. Boras will perhaps end up losing those players forever. He very much wants to get the A-Rod’s, Strasburg’s, Harper’s, Cole’s, etc early on.

          • YankeeGrunt

            Lail got $225+$135 college, total figure pretty close to that $400K he asked for. I know its not the same, but he said he wasn’t signing for ninth round money and he didn’t.

  • Raul

    Heard anything from Ty Hensley

  • Raul Rosa

    Come on guys the yankees are the yankees if they really want vincent jackson, Ty moore, Jose mesa JR ect… they are going to sign them they will find a way. I might be wrong though but thats what i believe lets just get our top draft pick sign then we go from there. By the way im 16 years old i hink the youngest you guys ever had

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      That explains why you think “the Yankees being the Yankees” will get them any player they draft. It’s not even close to that simple.

      Also, I was 15 or 16 when I started visiting RAB like 4 or 5 years ago.

  • Raul Rosa

    Come on guys the yankees are the yankees if they really want vincent jackson, Ty moore, Jose mesa JR ect… they are going to sign them they will find a way. I might be wrong though but thats what i believe lets just get our top draft pick sign then we go from there. By the way im 16 years old i hink the youngest you guys ever had

  • Raul Rosa

    Come on guys the yankees are the yankees if they really want vincent jackson, Ty moore, Jose mesa JR ect… they are going to sign them they will find a way. I might be wrong though but thats what i believe lets just get our top draft pick sign then we go from there. By the way im 16 years old i hink the youngest you guys ever had

    • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

      Come on guys the yankees are the yankees if they really want vincent jackson, Ty moore, Jose mesa JR ect… they are going to sign them they will find a way.

      wrong. they can’t just do that. the draft pool is really strict that way.

      By the way im 16 years old i hink the youngest you guys ever had

      wrong again, sorry many, been reading this blog since i was 12