• Already having signed first-round pick Jonathan Gray, a right-hander from Oklahoma, for $4.8 million, the Rockies reached deals with several other picks from the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Most notably, second-round pick Ryan McMahon, a shortstop from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High School, reached a $1,327,600 agreement, first reported by Baseball America magazine. By signing Gray for well-below the slot for the pick as designated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Rockies were able to sign some of the upper-round high school picks. Gray and McMahon each will report to Rookie-level Grand Junction.
The Rockies also announced Friday that the following have reached agreements: Alex Balog, right-handed pitcher, University of San Francisco (Competitive Balance Round B); left-handed pitcher Sam Moll, University of Memphis (third round); right-handed pitcher Blake Shouse, Middle Georgia College (fifth); right-handed pitcher Konner Wade, University of Arizona (seventh); outfielder Michael Tauchman, Bradley University (10th); left fielder Sean Dwyer, Florida Gulf Coast University (11th); left-handed pitcher William Waltrip, University of Oklahoma (12th); third baseman Michael Benjamin, Arizona State (13th); right-handed pitcher Dylan Stamey, University of South Alabama (14th); left-handed pitcher Alex Rodriguez, Indian River State College (16th); right-handed pitcher Jerad McCrummen, Texas Tech (23rd); right-handed pitcher Matt Pierpont, Winthrop University (26th); right-handed pitcher Daniel Palo, Middle Tennessee State (27th); and outfielder Cole Norton, St. Mary's College (39th).
• According to the Bill Chuck "Beyond the Box Score" column, on June 8, when Rockies reliever Josh Outman faced the Padres' Kyle Blanks, it was the first time in Major League history that a pitcher and batter each wearing No. 88 faced one another. "You've got to get into the history books somehow," Outman said.
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