A sigh of relief for Blue Jays prospect watchers as the team inked its top pick from the 2012 MLB draft right hander Marcus Stroman whom many pundits believe has the livest arm in the draft. With the signing the Blue Jays have gone over their alloted spending limit and will pay a “tax” of $82,650.
Per Baseball America:
The Blue Jays signed Marcus Stroman, their second of two first-round choices, for $1.8 million. His bonus matches the assigned value for his No. 22 overall selection.
Several scouting directors thought Stroman had the most electric arm in the draft, but he lasted 22 picks because he’s 5-foot-9. Though he lacks size, the Duke righthander works at 92-94 mph and touches 96 with his fastball as a starter. His slider is even more devastating than his heater. If Toronto elects to develop him as a reliever, he could be the first player from the 2012 draft to reach the majors, and it’s possible he could contribute in September if needed.
The Blue Jays have now signed all 14 of their players in the first 10 rounds, coming in at $110,200 over their allocated bonus pool of $8,830,800. They’ll pay a 75 percent tax on their overage, which comes to $82,650.