2013 Draft: Yankees sign eighth rounder Brandon Thomas


Via Jim Callis: The Yankees have signed eighth round pick Brandon Thomas to a $75k signing bonus. The Georgia Tech outfielder was slotted for a bit more than $150k as the 254th overall pick, but he signed for way less as a college senior with little leverage.

Thomas, 22, hit .321/.406/.445 with one homer and nine stolen bases in 53 games for the Yellow Jackets this spring, though he missed a bunch of time with mono and was rarely at 100%. The Pirates selected him in the fourth round last year, but he decided to return to school for his senior season. The Yankees made a real nice selection with Thomas, who signed cheap as a college senior and has more talent and potential than his draft position indicates.

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Categories : Asides, Draft
  • Gonzo

    Wow, that’s a good deal.

  • Andiamo

    Nice! 4th round talent got in the 8th and at 1/2 the slot $

  • CashmanNinja

    This may be my favorite pick of the draft in terms of value. He is amazing value that late. This isn’t some scrub. This is a bonafide prospect with an actual high ceiling.

  • David Brown

    They did very well with this signing (Saving $75,000). I thought he would be signed close to slot (Like O’Brien from last year’s Draft because of the fact he is not fodder). It will be interesting to know what the numbers are on Palladino and Coleman, to see if this savings will equalize the likely above slot cost of those two guys?

    • David Brown

      Replying to myself: Here is this from a K.Levine-Flandup tweet: Coleman is official at $150,000. So between Coleman and Thomas, they spent $225,000 out of a possible $250,000 (+ $25,000). Its almost like people need to be ” NFL Capologists” just to follow this (I can only imagine how hard it is, for people who job involves getting guys signed and fitted into the slots).