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Mariners sign No. 6 pick Alex Jackson for above-slot bonus

Jun 18, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

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Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that the Mariners have signed No. 6 overall draft pick Alex Jackson to an above-slot bonus worth more than $4 million.

The slot recommendation for the sixth pick is $3.575 million, so the high school catcher/outfielder from California will cause the Mariners to dip into their bonus pool reserves.

Considered the highest-upside bat in the draft, Jackson ranked fourth overall on Baseball America’s list of the class’ top prospects.

  1. senioreditor2 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    My son played travel ball with AJ. He’s an amazing talent. I have no doubts he’ll make it. I also had no doubts when AJ was 13 and was light years ahead of other kids his age. He’ll probably play RF, has a cannon of an arm and hits with extreme power. Mariners fans are going to like him in a few years!

  2. denny65 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    The Mariners always draft well. Last year’s first round pick, D.J. Peterson, 3B, is doing nicely at Class A+ and will likely be MLB ready by 2016, if not sooner.

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