Minor, a left-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt, will receive $2.42 million to sign the contract. This exceeds the $2.2 million bonus given to 2002 Braves’ top pick Jeff Francoeur and also the $2.4 million bonus given to the Brewers 2002 no. 7-pick Prince Fielder.
Additional terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Tennessean reports that Minor will be assigned to the Rome Braves roster to pitch for the club the last month of the season. Minor could possibly be assigned to the Arizona Fall League or the Florida instructional league after Rome completes their season in early September.
Rome Braves team officials said on Thursday they had not received word from Atlanta in regard to Minor’s schedule.
In three seasons at Vanderbilt, the lefty went 22-10 with a 3.79 ERA on the mound.
The signing comes eleven days before the Aug. 18 deadline for teams to sign their draft picks. 19 first-round picks remain unsigned including the top overall pick by the Washington Nationals, pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
Minor is expected in Rome this weekend where he will throw some bullpen sessions to be evaluated by the staff in order to see how good of shape his arm is in after the layoff between the end of the college season and now.