Jun 17, 2011, 5:57 PM EST
The Rangers officially inked their top two draft picks on Friday, signing Kevin Matthews and Zach Cone to contracts with bonuses just under $1 million.
Unfortunately, after splurging to sign Cuban defector Leonys Martin in May, they declined to be aggressive with either pick, instead targeting players who would sign for slot money.
The 33rd pick, which originally belonged to the Phillies, was used on Matthews, a left-hander out of a Georgia high school. He had a 1.68 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 42 innings in his senior year for Richmond Hill.
Cone, sadly, is most famous for being involved in the outfield collision that left University of Georgia teammate and now fellow Ranger draftee Johnathan Taylor paralyzed. He was drafted 37th overall after hitting .275/.331/.385 with four homers and 35 RBI in 247 at-bats for the Bulldogs this year. He is a legitimate center fielder, but his bat is a big question mark.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Matthews got a $960,000 bonus, while Cone’s was $873,000.
- Reds sign four-year contract extension with Devin Mesoraco 10
- The Yankees are going to try to get out of paying A-Rod his contract incentives 65
- How Commissioner Rob Manfred Can Make Baseball More Appealing 59
- Blue Jays cut off talks for Orioles executive Dan Duquette 46
- Rob Manfred, new Major League Baseball commissioner, suggests ban on defensive shifts 118
- Yankees reject A-Rod’s apology attempt 47
- Joe Posnanski: Remembering ‘Mr. Cub,’ Ernie Banks 17
- What they’re saying about the passing of Cubs legend Ernie Banks 8
- Bud Selig: The Greatest Commissioner in the History of Baseball (144)
- Max Scherzer’s seven-year deal with Nationals worth $210 million (119)
- Rob Manfred, new Major League Baseball commissioner, suggests ban on defensive shifts (118)
- Comments of the Day: some of you guys aren’t big Bud Selig fans (77)
- The 2015 Braves have “gravitas” and “veteran leadership” and will have dirty uniforms. Just kill me now. (76)