With Friday’s MLB draft signing deadline fast approaching, here’s a look at how the signed Tampa Bay area picks are doing with their teams that span the country, from Kissimmee to Yakima, Wash.
Jesuit P Lance McCullers, Astros: (Supplemental first round, No. 41 overall) McCullers signed a Hillsborough County-record $2.5 million bonus June 18 and reported to the Rookie League Gulf Coast Astros in Kissimmee. In his first pro game Friday, McCullers gave up one hit in three innings, with two strikeouts.
King 1B Keon Barnum, White Sox: (Supplemental first round, No. 48) After signing for $950,000, Barnum reported to the Rookie League Bristol (Va.) White Sox. Through five games he’s hitting .421, and three of his eight hits have been home runs. Barnum, who was drafted by the White Sox for his power, also has driven in seven runs.
Seminole OF Brett Phillips, Astros: (Sixth round, No. 189) After signing for a $300,000 bonus (well over the $201,900 slot value), Phillips reported to the Rookie League Gulf Coast Astros in Kissimmee. Through 21 games, Phillips has posted a .273 average with a league-high five triples, along with four stolen bases three doubles, six RBIs and 12 runs scored.
Notre Dame C Joe Hudson, Reds: (Sixth round, No. 202) The Jesuit alum signed for the slotted amount of $178,300 and has been assigned to the Rookie League Billings (Mont.) Mustangs. Hudson has yet to appear in a game.
Florida OF Preston Tucker, Astros: (Seventh round, No. 219) The Plant grad is still unsigned, but, as a senior, does not have the option to return to school. (The July 13 deadline also doesn't apply to him since he is a college senior). The slotted bonus for Tucker is $151,400. The Astros are already 208,900 over budget.
Florida State RHP Robert Benincasa, Nationals: (Seventh round, No. 234) The Armwood grad has appeared in one game for the short-season Class A Auburn (N.Y.) Doubledays and gave up two earned runs while striking out three in 1.1 innings.
USF RHP Austin Adams, Angels: (Eighth round, No. 267) Through six appearances and 8.2 innings for the rookie league Orem (Utah) Owlz, the Zephyrhills grad has five strikeouts, four walks, two saves and a 6.23 ERA.
Florida State 2B Sherman Johnson, Angels: (14th round, No. 447) The Alonso alum is hitting .318 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBIs in six games for the Orem Owlz.
USF RHP Derrick Stultz, Diamondbacks: (14th round, No. 453) The Wharton grad has yet to appear in a game for the short-season Class A Yakima (Wash.) Bears.
St. Pete College LHP Austen Thrailkill, Rangers: (26th round, No. 816) The 2010 Gaither grad reported to the Arizona Rookie League Rangers and has pitched one inning in two appearances, giving up four earned runs and taking a loss while striking out three.
Union (Ky.) College LHP Chris Fern, Giants: (27th round, No. 838) In six games and 6.1 innings for the Arizona Rookie League Giants, the Zephyrhills alum is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA.
Eckerd College RHP Joey Cuda, Cardinals: (27th round, No. 840) The Canterbury grad is 2-0 in four starts for the short-season Class A Batavia (N.Y.) Muckdogs. In 19.2 innings, he has struck out 14 and walked four.
Boston College RHP Matt Brazis, Mariners: (28th round, No. 851) In four appearances for the Rookie League Pulaski (Va.) Mariners, the Jesuit grad is 1-0 with two saves and nine strikeouts. Brazis has pitched 4.2 innings and has a perfect 0.00 ERA.
Florida Atlantic RHP Ryan Garton, Rays: (34th round, No. 1052) The Mitchell alum has appeared in six games and nine innings for the short-season Class A Hudson Valley (N.Y.) Renegades with a 2-0 record with one save, a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts.
USF LHP Andrew Barbosa, Diamondbacks: (36th round, No. 1113) Barbosa, who was originally a 15th-round (466 overall) selection by San Francisco as a Riverview senior in 2006, is 1-0 in four starts for the low-Class A South Bend Silver Hawks. He is 0-1 in one appearance, giving up three runs and striking out three in 5.1 innings.
Mount Olive (N.C.) College 3B Jacob Rogers, Cubs: (40th round, No. 1214) A Dunedin grad, Rogers is hitting .433 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs through nine games with the Arizona Rookie League Cubs.