San Diego Padres: 10th Overall Pick, Cory Spangenberg Signs $1.86 Million Bonus
Cory Spangenberg, the tenth overall pick in the first round of the 2011 Major League draft, has signed with the San Diego Padres, becoming the first of the top ten picks to reach a deal with their new team.
Spangenberg signed a $1.86 million signing bonus, approximately the amount that Major League Baseball recommends for the tenth overall pick, and will now head to the San Diego Padre's spring training facility before he is assigned to play in the short season Class-A team.
He had been projected as one of the top hitters in the draft. The Padres feel he has one of the more advanced bats in the entire draft, and can advance quickly through their minor league system if he makes a smooth defensive transition back to second base.
Spangenberg told MLB's Corey Brock, "I just wanted to sign and start playing as soon as possible."
With the Padres and Spangenberg setting a quick precedent, which of the other first round picks will follow his example and sign quickly to get their own professional careers started?
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