WASHINGTON -- A day after it appeared he would not play professional baseball, left-hander Jack McGeary, the sixth-round pick from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft signed with the Nationals late on Wednesday night.
McGeary said back in June that he was not going to sign with the Nationals unless he received first-round money and he now has it. According to sources, McGeary will get a $1.8 million signing bonus and the team will pay for his college education to Stanford University.
The Nationals have now signed each of their first 20 selections from the 2007 draft.
"We are very pleased to be able to draft and sign three left-handed starting pitchers -- Jack McGeary, Ross Detwiler and Josh Smoker -- all blessed with first-round talent," general manager Jim Bowden said in a press release.
McGeary, 18, was named the 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts after going 6-1 with a 0.88 ERA in seven starts as a senior for Roxbury Latin High School in West Roxbury, MA. He struck out 80 in his 40 innings, leading his club to a share of the Independent School League championship.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.