Here is another story from Josh Thomson from the College World Series:
OMAHA, NEB. — With his team still alive at the College World Series, Colin Moran still hasn’t signed his first pro contract. But whenever the negotiations begin, don’t expect them to linger.
The sixth overall pick in this year’s draft anticipates he will strike a deal quickly with the Miami Marlins once North Carolina’s season ends.
“I don’t foresee any type of long negotiation,” said Moran, who went 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over LSU. “I’m excited to go and play and get started once this season’s over. Hopefully, that won’t be for a week and a half or two weeks.”
The Tar Heels remain one loss from elimination, but they play again Thursday night against North Carolina State. Moran extended his Division I lead to 89 RBI, which is a program record, and tied teammate Landon Lassiter with 75 runs scored, good for second in the nation.
Not long before Omaha, Moran’s perceived signability earned him consideration from the Astros for the top pick in the draft. Houston owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow scouted the all-America third baseman from Rye on May 19 at a home game in Chapel Hill, N.C. The organization ultimately chose Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick and are in negotiations with him, with Appel reportedly looking at a $6.35 million signing bonus.
MLB’s assigned slot value for the No. 6 pick is $3,516,500, though high school outfielder Clint Frazier, the No. 5 pick, received a $3.5 million bonus for signing with the Indians.
Moran will be represented by Casey Close of Excel Sports Management. He represents Derek Jeter, among others.
The uncertainty for Moran lies in where he will play next. Typically, high college-aged draft picks are assigned to short-season Single-A or low Single-A affiliates. Three of the Marlins’ past four first-round picks have debuted at low-A Greensboro, an hour west of Chapel Hill.
“That’s right around the corner from Chapel Hill, but I don’t care where I go,” Moran said. “I’m just excited to start playing.”
Miami’s short-season Single-A affiliate is in Batavia, a city between Buffalo and Rochester.
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