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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Get happy, people, it's signing day

With the Yankees coming to terms with Slade Heathcott in the past few minutes (a $2.2M bonus), the list of unsigned first-rounders in down to 13. Stephen Strasburg, the top choice, is on that list, as is No.2 selection Dustin Ackley.

Just two teams failed to sign their first-rounders last season: The Yankees (Gerrit Cole, who opted for UCLA) and the Nationals (who failed to lock up Aaron Crow). Crow was taken by the Royals this year, and is still counted among the ranks of the unsigned.

Three big-name high schoolers are still without contracts, and given their demands, probably will be once midnight passes tonight. Jacob Turner (Tigers), Shelby Miller (Cardinals) and Matt Purke (Rangers) each are asking for record-setting bonuses (think Rick Porcello two seasons ago)

If they choose not to sign, each player has a solid Division-I school in his future. Purke has committed to Texas Christian University, Turner to North Carolina and Miller to A&M.

Tyler Matzek, a high schooler who the Rockies' chose with the No. 11 pick, is committed to my alma mater, the University of Oregon. Here's hoping he doesn't sign and I can go see him next spring.

The rest of the day should be exciting, stay tuned.


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