Wildcat baseball coaches are enjoying a bittersweet Friday night. With the midnight deadline looming, when drafted players must decide on either playing pro ball or enrolling in school, several UK signees have made their decisions.
Robbie Ross, the crafty lefthanded pitcher out of Lexington Christian, has signed a pro contract with the Texas Rangers. Ross flew to the Dallas area on Wednesday and was given a physical exam, which he passed. Ross then threw for the Rangers’ brass in a bullpen session.
Ross will receieve a reported signing bonus of $1.575 million, which will give him the highest bonus payout of any second-rounder this year. Ross informed the UK coaching staff of his decision early Friday evening.
What makes Ross’ deal so unusual is that his asking price was the equivalent of what high first-rounders were getting.
Certainly, we wish Ross well as he chases his dream of playing big league baseball.
The Cats got some good news, however, when righthander Alex Meyer told the Red Sox no, for the second time. After turning down a reported $2.1 million offer several weeks ago, Meyer has been in Lexington finalizing his housing situation with UK.
Meyer, rated one of the best pitchers coming out of high school, projects to be one of the first pitchers selected in the 2011 draft, following his junior season at UK.
Boston GM Theo Epstein flew to Indiana on Friday, meeting with Meyer and his family, in a last-ditch effort to get the 6-foot-7 Meyer signed. According to Baseball America, Meyer has rejected the Red Sox offer, again, and will honor his commitment to UK.
Boone Co. star Cory Farris, another UK signee, also rejected an 11th hour offer from the White Sox. Drafted in the 43rd round, Farris was outstanding catcher and outfielder for the Rebels.
Those are the highlights… Stay tuned.