The Rangers signed their top three draft picks and introduced them to the media before Friday’s game.
Top pick Bubba Thompson, an Alabama high school outfielder taken with the No. 26 pick, earned a $2.1 million signing bonus. Florida high school shortstop Chris Seise, the 29th overall pick, was given a $2 million bonus while Hans Crouse, a right-handed high school pitcher from California taken with the 66th pick, got $1.45 million.
Both Thompson and Seise signed for less than their slotted value. Thompson signed for about $350,000 less and Seise signed for about $238,000 less. Crouse, taken in the second round, signed above his slotted amount of $926,500.
Thompson, 19, who was heavily recruited as a quarterback, said he’s excited to get to Arizona for the rookie league this summer.
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“It’s a once in a lifetime moment. I’m ready to get out there and play,” he said.