One Clemson baseball player formalized turning pro today, and another could follow suit soon.
Freshman pitcher Chris Dwyer finally signed with the Kansas City Royals a month after reaching an agreement in principle.
The deal, reported by The State last month, gives Dwyer a signing bonus of $1.45 million, the highest amount for a fourth-round pick in draft history. The New York Yankees gave Brad Suttle $1.3 million.
Clemson is expected to receive bad news on consecutive days, as prized signee Madison Younginer is also believed primed to sign with the Boston Red Sox as early as Friday.
Younginer, a right-handed pitcher from Mauldin, traveled to Boston on Wednesday for negotiations and perhaps a team physical and is scheduled to return home Friday. The seventh-round pick had set a price tag of $1 million.
Teams have until late Monday night to sign their draft picks. And because all over-slot signings must be justified to the commissioner’s office, organizations wait to finalize them close to the deadline in order to minimize the fallout.
The Tigers are awaiting word on the decision of redshirt sophomore pitcher Graham Stoneburner, a 14th-round pick of the New York Yankees.
-- Paul Strelow