First signee taken: Denny Almonte
Denny Almonte, an outfielder who signed with USF out of Florida Christian in Miami, is now almost certainly not going to play for the Bulls. Almonte was just picked with the 75th pick, midway through the second round, by the Seattle Mariners. Again, USF's coaches had come to expect this in the weeks leading up to the draft and had conceded that Almonte was going to get too high a signing bonus offer -- last year's No. 75 pick got a $445,000 bonus -- to seriously consider playing at USF.