MLB Trade Rumors’ Steve Adams has reported on Twitter that the Yankees have agreed to terms with second-round pick RHP Matt Sauer. The deal is pending a physical.
Selected out of high school in California, Sauer had committed to join the University of Arizona, but it appears the Yankees have lured him into professional baseball. His slot was valued at $1.236 million. Sauer’s signing bonus has not been revealed yet, but Yankees are expected to go over slot value to lock him up.
MLB.com, Baseball America and Fangraphs each ranked him in their top 30 draft prospects. Sauer generated that type of pedigree with his big fastball and plus slider, but scouts say he will need to develop a quality third pitch to make it to the big leagues as a starter.
The Yankees still have not signed their first round pick Clarke Schmidt, a pitcher out of the University of South Carolina currently rehabbing after Tommy John surgery.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch compiled a list of the Yankee picks who have signed: