Draft Signing Updates: Clarkin, Thomas, Murphy


The latest on the draft pick front (draft round in parenthesis):

  • California HS LHP Ian Clarkin (1s) will take his physical on Monday and is expected to sign next week, reports George King. Getting him locked up so soon would be very nice. Clarkin, the 33rd overall pick, is slotted for a touch more than $1.65M.
  • Georgia Tech OF Brandon Thomas (8) took his physical yesterday, according to King. He’s slotted for a bit more than $150k and should sign for much less as a college senior. Much, much less.
  • Sacred Heart SS John Murphy (6) signed for $20,000 according to Baseball America. The college senior was slotted for over $208k, so the Yankees saved themselves nearly $190k towards the draft pool. I’m guessing that money winds up in Clarkin’s pocket.

All of the team’s draft selections can be seen at Baseball America, and you can keep track of the draft pool situation with our 2013 Draft Pool page.

Categories : Draft


  1. Nick says:

    Wow College seniors really have no leverage at all do they.

  2. Danny says:

    Mike, do you really think Thomas will sign for a good amount under slot ? It seems a lot like the Pete O’Brien situation from last year.

    • Greg says:

      He’ll get more than the 10 or 20 grand a lot of seniors get just because he’s a better prospect, but there’s no chance in hell he comes near slot value.

  3. josh0909 says:

    20,000 is no money. If you’re the kid you might as well just go and play independent ball or go get a regular job with your degree.

    • Phil says:

      I believe that’s just the signing bonus. He still gets payed from his contract

    • Danny says:

      It’s a good deal for players. In most cases, MLB teams pay for grad school (if the player goes that route), plus the opportunity to make contacts in the game(on both player & business sides), fast track to scout school and the opportunity to play pro ball.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Or you only get one chance to become a pro ball player and you take the chance before doing the above.

      • RetroRob says:

        Yeah, really. He’ll have no leverage next year either and will have lost another season of not playing pro ball.

      • Cool Lester Smooth says:

        Exactly. The kid just graduated Holy Cross, it’s not like he won’t be able to get a job when he wants to.

        If anything, this guarantees employment for a few years until the job market is looking better.

    • pat says:

      Lol wut? 20k up front and the chance to play pro ball? Where do I sign up?

      • Caballo Sin Nombre says:

        Seriously, you may think you would enjoy playing baseball for the next 10 years at subsistence wages. But at some point you would grow up and say “WTF do I do now?” The odds are stacked against an 8th-rounder having an ML career; almost anything short of that is just lost time. Guys looking for an extra $100K up-front are just trying to balance the odds.

  4. EndlessJose says:

    Cal Quantril would be great.I saw an article on him from Madfriars.com but you need a subscription to see all of it but it shows what he talks about like being drafted and what he’ll bring to the yankees organization.

    Hope thats a good sign.

  5. Cuso says:

    Good news on Clarkin! That makes me happy. Now get Judge done…

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