Rays Sign Supplemental First-Rounder Seth Johnson

The Rays have a deal with supplemental first-round selection Seth Johnson, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). It includes a $1,722,500 bonus.

That amount comes in just shy of the $1,856,700 slot value for the 40th overall pick. The selection used on Johnson was the competitive balance round A choice acquired from the A’s in a three-team swap over the winter.  Tampa Bay already agreed to a number with its top pick, Greg Jones.

Entering the draft, Callis and co. graded Johnson the 31st player on the board; Baseball America was even more bullish with a #28 ranking. The right-handed hurler shot up draft boards despite an exceptionally thin track record on the mound.

Other outlets were a bit more skeptical of Johnson, who is said to have shown remarkable natural ability and early progress but remains a bit of a project. ESPN.com’s Keith Law ranked him 37th, noting that the “secondary stuff lags” his heater, while Fangraphs had Johnson well down the board at #59.

from MLB Trade Rumors http://bit.ly/2XIRWq7

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