Courtesy Paul Hoynes, Cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Tyler Holt asked and the Indians gave. The question is will they do the same to sign their top four picks in the June draft by Monday's midnight deadline.
Holt, drafted in the 10th round out of Florida State, told the Indians he wanted $500,000. He put it this way in a July 29th article in the Tallahassee Democrat, "The Indians know what I want. ... They'll decide if they want to give it to me. If not, I'm coming back to school as fast as you can say 'Seminole.'"
The Indians announced Saturday that they'd signed Holt. Yes, he got his $500,000, which according to Baseball America, is the highest bonus given this year in the 10th round and three times above MLB's unofficial slotting for a 10th-round pick.
"We wanted him," said Brad Grant, the Indians' director of amateur scouting. "We feel he's an offensive center fielder and leadoff hitter. He was one of the elite college bats in the country."
Holt, who hit .355 with 87 runs, 26 doubles, three triples, 13 homers and 48 RBI at Florida State this year, will report to Class A.