Draft Round-up: Swanson, Buehler Sign

The MLB Draft signing deadline came and went on Friday. Top pick Dansby Swanson and fellow first-round pick Walker Buehler both signed, but 35th-overall selection Kyle Funkhouser returned to college. We have the rundown on the deadline day signings.

The MLB Draft signing deadline came and went on Friday and with several top picks unsigned going into the final day, there was a little drama going into the deadline. With little time to spare, the Arizona Diamondbacks came to terms with number one overall pick Dansby Swanson for a reported $6.5 million and the Los Angeles Dodgers signed their number one pick Walker Buehler. However, the Dodgers failed to sign 35th overall pick Kyle Funkhouser and several other notable names elected for college rather than turn pro.

Swanson's $6.5 million bonus is the sixth-highest in draft history. The Vanderbilt shortstop immediately becomes the D-Backs' top prospect and could be a fast mover towards the major leagues. He helped lead Vanderbilt to a College World Series title in 2014 and to the championship series in 2015.

Swanson was one of three Vandy alums to be selected in the first round this season. The other two were pitchers -- RHP Carson Fulmer and Buehler. Fulmer signed with the Chicago White Sox on July 4th. Buehler's negotiations went down to the wire and he inked a below-slot deal. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported that Buehler will need Tommy John surgery. The Dodgers have yet to confirm the report.

Los Angeles was unable to come to terms with their second-overall pick Funkhouser. Funkhouser, the hard-throwing ace for the Louisville Cardinals, slipped from a possible top-10 selection to the supplemental first-round because of concerns about his inconsistent junior season. Funkhouser will attempt to duplicate the path of 2013 number one pick Mark Appel, who didn't sign after being drafted in the first-round in 2012 and parlayed a return to Stanford into becoming the 2013 number one overall pick. In addition to Buehler, the Dodgers did sign sixth-round pick Edwin Rios and 30th-round pick Logan Crouse on deadline day.

Funkhouser was one of six players selected in the top-10 rounds who didn't sign with their teams. The others were Toronto Blue Jays' second-round pick Brian Singer, Baltimore Orioles second-round pick Jonathan Hughes, Minnesota Twins second-round pick Kyle Cody, Detroit Tigers' seventh-round pick Nick Shumpert (son of former big-leaguer Terry Shumpert) and St. Louis Cardinals' 10th-round pick Kep Brown. Singer will attend the University of Florida next year. Hughes heads to Georgia Tech. Cody returns for his senior season at Kentucky. Shumpert goes to San Jacinto Junior College in Texas, while Brown is headed to Miami.

Another notable deadline day signing was the Milwaukee Brewers inking compensation round pick Nathan Kirby from the University of Virginia. The left-hander was one of the top prospects in the draft coming into the 2015 season, but an inconsistent junior campaign caused his stock to fall into the comp round.


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