An overwhelming, "yes," came out collectively from Los Angeles Angels fans, as an announcement came forth; Brandon Marsh has signed.
"I am beyond blessed and happy to be where I am right now," said Marsh. "I couldn't thank my parents, advisers, and the Angels' organization for helping me get to where I am at right now."
The Angels' second round selection from the most recent draft took it down to the wire with his advisers, agent, and organization he'll soon represent, with just a week left in the signing period. Concerns rose as he was quoted saying, "I won't sign," by the fan blog, Halos Heaven of SB Nation, just a week after telling media there would be no problem in signing via a conference call. All concerns are now gone.
"Well the process was a lot different than expected," said Marsh. "But I wouldn't change my situation for any other situation."
Marsh, 18, a three-sport-athlete at Buford High School in Georgia, was ranked 47th top draft prospect by Scout.com prior to the draft, primarily for his raw athleticism. The prep outfielder was committed to play baseball at Kennesaw State University, and had offers from multiple Division I schools to play football. The Angels took interest in his raw tools, nabbing him with the 60th selection in the draft.
"He can hit, he can throw, he hits the ball to all fields," said Angels' Director of Scouting, Ric Wilson, during a post draft conference call. "He's gonna develop into some power. The raw tools he has is really exciting and the ceiling he has is very high."
Jon Heyman of Yahoo! Sports reported that Marsh signed for exact slot money, at $1,073,300. This puts the Angels over draft bonus pool allowance by $9,100, but did keep them within 5% of their total bonus, which allows them to keep their first round pick for next year's draft.
The Angels will pay 75% of their overage, which at the moment stands at $6,825. They have five remaining draft picks unsigned, with two - David Hamilton, 28th round; Robbie Peto, 30th round - confirming they'll opt for college instead of sign. The other three remaining are Florida prep pitcher, Anthony Molina (13th round); USC senior outfielder, David Oppenheimer; and Washington senior closer, Troy Rallings.
All three unsigned picks not taking a separate route from professional baseball were drafted beyond the 10th round, which means any amount they sign for over $100,000 will be added to the bonus pool overage. This gives the Angels $396,925 to work with in aiming to sign the three picks - primarily, Molina - without going over 5% of their total bonus, which would not include the original $100,000 allowed.