Baseball: Three would-be Bulls, $1-million
You can't argue that Lelo Prado wasn't aiming high with this year's incoming recruiting class. Three high school seniors who signed with the Bulls last fall -- outfielder Denny Almonte, shortstop Rey Navarro and pitcher Chris Jones -- have received signing bonuses that combine for more than $1-million.
Almonte, a second-round pick by the Mariners, got a $427,500 bonus, according to Baseball America. Navarro, from Puerto Rico, got $333,000 in the third round from the Diamondbacks, according to BA. The most surprising windfall? Jones, the Gaither pitcher who'd already backed out of his commitment to the Bulls, committing to St. Pete College and then Indiana this week, told the Times' Joe Smith he got $350,000 from Cleveland, far more than a 15th-round pick would normally get.
The Bulls confirmed the loss of another signee on Wednesday as outfielder A.J. Regoli will attend Broward Community College this fall. He did not complete a summer class he needed for admission to USF, but will try to rejoin the Bulls, potentially as early as January. And another returning player, pitcher J.C. Suarez, will not return for his sophomore year with the Bulls and will transfer..