Initial-round draft decide Austin Wells has signed on the dotted line.
“Officially a Yankee!’’ Wells, the 28th-overall decide in the 1st spherical of the 2020 MLB Draft, posted to his Twitter account on Thursday night time with a picture of him putting on a Yankees cap and pinstripe jersey.
The 20-calendar year-outdated catcher — who at first was drafted by the Yankees in the 35th spherical in 2018 before deciding to perform at Arizona — agreed to a $2.5 million bonus, in accordance to Certainly Community. That just about matches the $2,493,900 advised slot price of his choice.
Wells stated following the draft the likely adverse affect the coronavirus would have on the small league time this time was not a factor in his decision to transform pro and forego a 3rd 12 months with Arizona.
“Honestly, the choice was up to the place I got drafted and what the program was,’’ explained Wells, a remaining-handed hitter. “I really do not think irrespective of whether or not there was small league game titles was the decision-maker if I was likely again to higher education or not.
“I assume it was the greatest in shape for me to go on, go forward and be a Yankee.’’
Wells had an impressive career at Arizona. He experienced a dominant initial time with the Wildcats, slashing .353/.462/.552, becoming the to start with Arizona participant to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Calendar year.
Ahead of the coronavirus pandemic lower his sophomore campaign quick, Wells was batting .375 with a .527 on-foundation share. He completed his 1½-year higher education vocation with 99 hits, seven household operates and 74 RBIs.