Deadline For Signing Today
Tellez Signs With Jays
@ 11th Hour
by Editor Rick Cabral
than a half hour before the signing deadline, Rowdy Tellez (Elk
Grove High) reached agreement and signed with the Toronto Blue
Jays for $850,000, according to D. Brown, Toronto's local
Tellez homer in the Sac-Joaquin 2013 Playoffs en
route to Elk Grove High
Section Division I Title.
bonus is greater than anyone else signed by the Blue Jays,
including each of their Top 10 selections. It also is a new
record for anyone ever picked after the 10th Round, according
to Jim Callis of Baseball America.
“First of all,
it’s just an honor to be drafted. Not many kids get to say
they’ve been drafted out of high school,” Tellez told
“I was expecting on June
6th (First day of MLB Draft) to be taken,
and to be out of here a month or so ago. But it didn’t work out
that way. But I got what I wanted
Tellez noted that
the Jays also added $272,000 for his college
As a senior Tellez
hit .500 with 46 RBI, nine home runs and a .979 slugging
percentage. He was a two-time Player of the Year for both
BaseballSacramento.com and Sacramento
Leading up to the draft, he was expected to be selected in the
second or third rounds, but eventually “fell” to the 30th
Round, where the Blue Jays snapped up the high school slugger,
and in the process may have gotten their future first
connection we had with D. Brown, the Jays' area scout, it
wasn’t that surprising (to be picked by
At the time,
Tellez maintained a positive attitude, telling local reporters
he would fulfill his scholarship commitment to USC. But
throughout the summer as the Jays signed most of their Top 10
picks for less than the MLB guideline or bonus slot, they
accumulated the largest pool saving of any MLB team with $1.7
million available at the signing deadline. This allowed them to
pay Tellez 2nd Round money, while also signing their 11th Round
pick Jake Brentz for $700,000 at the deadline, according to
BaseballAmerica. They did not sign #1 pick Phil Bickford, a
pitcher from Westlake Village High in southern California, who
will play at CSU
He added that
dropping to the 30th Round is
rankings don’t mean anything,” Tellez observed candidly. “All
it took was one team, the Blue Jays, to realize what they had
and they thought I can make the team better, so they took their
chance and we closed the deal a few minutes before deadline.
I’m happy with the choice I made.”
Rowdy Tellez will begin his career in the Florida Rookie
League. “I hope to go out and do what I did in high school now
in pro ball.” He looks forward to starting with a full season
under his belt next year.
Dom Nunez, Tellez'
teammate at Elk Grove, was drafted in the 6th Round by
Colorado, and signed for $800,000.
Tellez and Nunez
led Elk Grove to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I
championship, sweeping St. Mary's of Stockton in two games. In
the playoffs, Tellez was outstanding, hitting three home runs
in cavernous Union Stadium at Sacramento City
Tellez admits their friendly rivalry was
competitive, and it “just so happened they (Jays) gave me more
than Dom (got from Colorado). I’m really proud of (Dom). We are
really close and we want the best for each other. We have the
same goal. And hopefully we make it at the same time. That
would be awesome.”
other draft news, Mauricio Dubon of Capital Christian has
signed with the Boston Red Sox and has been assigned to
their Gulf Coast League team.
Dubon, a two-time
All-Capitol Team player, was drafted in the 26th
Round by Boston and signed for a $75,000 bonus, according
to Baseball America's Jim Callis.
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Tellez-Blue Jays Update
Since the report below was filed, the Jays have signed their eighth
ninth and tenth round pics for the aggregate sum of $11,000. That's
amazing and you have to wonder at the team's negotiating tactics.
For the price of a used Jetta, Toronto snagged three Top 10
picks. And the resultant savings from those deals amounts to
$429,200 added to its bonus surplus, which now totals nearly $1.6
million. The chance to land Tellez looks even better with less than
a week to go.
Scout D. Brown said Toronto has yet to make Tellez an offer. He
confirmed that the Blue Jays are abiding by a strategy that
calls for saving money with their Top 10 picks to
give Toronto an opportunity to "get maybe four or five
more players that can have some kind of an impact to the
30th Round selection? "Exactly," Brown said. He noted that "the
round really doesn't matter" in terms of what a late-round
prospect can expect in a draft bonus.
"I think it's
fair to say that we're going do to everythring we can to make a
legitimate run at getting the Latino Bambino in a Blue Jays
Happy Independence Day!
Rowdy Flying North
With the Jays?
Rowdy Tellez was overlooked until the 30th round
by the Toronto Blue Jays, most observers ruled out the
possibility of his signing this year. Tellez, in fact, told
Sacramento Bee and Elk Grove Citizen reporters that since he
didn’t get drafted in the rounds he expected (generally thought
to be 2nd to late 3rd), he was
definitely heading to USC.
still may be an outside possibility Tellez could still sign with
the Jays. Okay, “outside” may be closer to “outside the solar
system,” but still it remains a mathematical possibility. And
math is the key to this story.
It has been
rumored Rowdy’s bonus demand ranged from $1MM to $1.2MM, though
he would not confirm that figure for our local scribes. What may
have been perceived as intransigence on his part perhaps sent
teams into a spiraling mantra of “unsignability” on draft day.
His former teammate Dom Nunez, by contrast, asked for less and
got it from the Rockies ($800,000).
Baseball America last week selected Tellez to its First Team
All-American list, conferring a new patina of legitimacy on
A 30th Round
selection, however, would seem to have little bargaining power,
certainly nowhere near the seven-figure amount. In fact
some 8th through 10th Rounders have accepted far less
than their bonus slots, some as little as $5,000 when they could
have signed for 30 times that amount. Other prospects chosen in
the ‘teens have signed for sizably larger bonuses than guys
taken before them.
Where are we
going with this?
overall bonus pool of $6.4MM, Toronto has spent only $1,618,280
while signing 23 of their 40 overall picks. The Blue Jays to
date, however, have signed just six of their Top 10 selections,
but each of those was for significantly “under slot” money.
Clinton Hollon, their 2nd Round pick (47th overall)
recently rsigned for $467,280, representing a 60% discount on
his $1,168,200 bonus slot. That’s a huge savings. The Jays got
similar deals from their third and fifth rounders.
Toronto has just under $4 million left in
their spending pool, with a bonus surplus to
date of $1.3 million, more than any major league team.
When it’s all
said and done, they may just have enough left over to snag one
of the nation’s finest high school sluggers with a six-figure
offer comparable to the one he declined before
We have until
July 12 to find out.
Nunez Signs with Rocks for Big $$$ Bonus
It was just reported that Dom Nunez (Elk Grove
High), selected in the sixth round, has signed with the
Colorado Rockies for an $800,000 bonus, according to
As the 169th player taken in the draft the bonus slot was
$265,000, which means Nunez netted $535,000 additional, the
second-highest percentage over slot than anyone signed so far in
Nunez signed for the equivalent of what some second round
picks got in bonus money--and more than the five guys the
Rockies selected before him. For instance Colorado's second
round supplemental draft pick pitcher Alex Blalog of USF signed for
“First and foremost, he’s a quality
kid,” Rockies Scouting Director Bill Schmidt, told
BaseballSacramento.com today, "but he’s also a very good
While many local scouts and other draft experts projected Nunez for
the second or third rounds, it was thought his value was a catcher,
where he played nearly his entire senior season. Nunez and teammate
Rowdy Tellez led Elk Grove to a section Division I championship
this spring, over St. Mary's of Stockton. The Rockies, however, are
going to give Nunez a chance at his old position,
“We’re going to let him play infield this summer and then make an
evaluation as we go forward," Schmidt said. "Maybe down the road he
ends up behind the plate, but we’re going to take a look at him in
the middle infield. And he’s excited about that."
As with most high school contracts, the pro team also agreed
to pay for Nunez' higher education, which can amount to well
over $100,000, depending on the school selected.
On draft day in the Rockies War Room, nearing round five
Sacramento area scout Gary Wilson was asked to once again make his
pitch for Nunez. Wilson, who coached Nunez on the Rockies scout
team and knows the lad and the Nunez family very well, convinced
Colorado team officials that the Elk Grove prepster was the right
guy for their sixth round selection. Wilson called Dom and found
him working out. “In typical Dom fashion he’s out taking
ground balls,” Wilson says wryly.
The scout verified the bonus number the Nunez family was seeking,
and told Nunez the Rockies wanted to do a deal. “We came to an
agreement there, but it was based on a lot of trust and a long-term
relationship,” Wilson added.
The Rockies were able to make Nunez a significantly high
offer because they had signed their first-rounder
pitcher Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma to a substantial savings of
$826,400 under his bonus slot $5,626,400.
Wilson says Nunez will report to the Rockies' Grand Junction team
this week where he will begin play with Gray and many of the other
Rockies' Top 10 Round selections.
A four-year starter for Elk Grove High, Nunez this year hit
.390 with four home runs and 37 RBIs in 34 games. He
had signed a letter of intent to play for UCLA, which is
playing in the College World Series.
On June 1, just after Nunez helped Elk Grove clinch Game Two for
the section title, he speculated that the draft would be an
exciting day and challenging with regard to his baseball
future. "It’s going to be a tough decision either way. It’ll be a
win-win, but a tough decision. I’m looking forward to it. We’ll see
what my future holds.”
Dom Nunez' future now is to play pro ball with the
SF Giants Sign #1 Pick, Arroyo
Christian Arroyo, the Giants first pick in the 2013 MLB Draft,
has signed for a $1,866,500 bonus, the amount for his slot with the
25th pick overall.
At Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., Arroyo hit .524
with a .580 on-base percentage and slugged 1.019, hitting 13
doubles, three triples and 11 homers in 105 at-bats as a
He also helped Team USA’s under-18 team win the gold medal in
the 2012 International Baseball Federation world championships. El
Grove's Dom Nunez, the 6th ROund pick by the Rockies, also played
on that team.
The Giants project Arroyo as a middle infielder.
Knapp Officially Signs With Phillies
Andrew Knapp (Granite Bay/Cal), Philadelphia's second round
pick in this year's draft, has signed for a $1,033,100 bonus,
matching the assigned value for his No. 53 slot, according to
Phillies scout Joey Davis who signed Knapp.
Knapp is presently on a bus heading for Williamsport where
he will play this summer for the Single-A CrossCutters of the
For more on the former Cal star, visit this page.
Andrew Knapp, shown here last year when he
played right field for Cal, doesn't figure to find
himself in this position in a Phillies
uniform. The star catcher was drafted in the
2nd Round and just signed for a $1MM+ bonus.
June 6 --
Draft Day 1
Stanford's Appel Is Draft's First
With the first selection in the 2013 draft the Houston Astros
take Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, the school's all-time strikeout
Mark Appel in a recent game against Cal
at Evans Diamond, Berkeley.
Cal's Andrew Knapp (Granite Bay
High) taken by Phils with 53rd pick in the 2nd Round of the 2013
MLB First-Year Player Draft.
At Cal, the switch-hitting catcher led the team in
hitting .350, doubles (16), RBI (41) and tied for the team lead in
home runs (8). One of those came off Mark Appel at Evans
A 2013 first-team Preseason All-American and a first-team
this year Knapp finished third in the Pac-12
Conference in hitting.
Knapp's father Mike Knapp played for Cal as a catcher,
was drafted in 1986 in the 15th Round by the California Angels, and
played 11 minor league seasons. His brother Aaron, who also played
for Granite Bay as a senior this year, will play for Coach Dave
Esquer next season as a
File Photo: Andrew Knapp (Granite Bay) in a 2012
game against Stanford.
Joey Davis the scout who signed Knapp offered
“Defensively, the hands work. Got toughness to play position
(catcher) and really improved his receiving and blocking. Just
doesn’t have a big canon for the arm, but he has enough arm to play
the position. And his bat makes up for anything he may be lacking
defensively. He’s a big-time switch
Davis went on to say that Knapp "is a quiet leader that does it by
example, which is what I like. I love the
Knapp was really happy at the news and said his family was
esctatic. "It's almost my favorite part of the job," the
Davis says Knapp is anxious to sign and will probably
accept a figure close to the bonus slot which
is just north of one million dollars
Late last night Knapp tweeted "Couldn't be more blessed! With God
all things are possible!"
Dom Nunez of Elk Grove High was selected by Colorado in
the sixth round with the 169th
The Rockies drafted Nunez as a third baseman. Nunez
played catcher this season almost extensively, and was projected by
many in the scouting community to go in the second or third rounds
as a catcher, where his quick feet and strong arm were seen as
strengths for a backstrop. Baseball America projected Nunez to go
around pick No. 65.
More interesting is that Nunez went ahead of Herd slugger
Rowdy Tellez, who still awaits selection. At No. 169 overall,
Nunez' selection is comarable to former teammate J.D. Davis who was
drafted by Tampa Bay in 2011 in the 5th Round with the 180th pick.
Davis declined their offer and took the scholarship to CSU
Fullerton and tonight he plays in the Super Regional series against
UCLA. The Bruins have a commitment from Nunez, who may opt to go
college, just like Davis.
Below are Nunez' numbers his senior year at Elk
To read more, go to his
2013 All-Capitol Team page.
Also on Day Two:
At No. 272 in the 9th Round LHP, Tyler Linehan (Sheldon High)
out of Fresno State.
#340, 11th Round, Texas, Ryan Cordell, OF, (Valley
Batted .261 with 12 doubles and 40 RBI for the Flames.
#376, 12th Round, Washington, RHP, Andrew Cooper (Sierra
Cooper tied for the state's winningiest pitcher with 13 wins
and three losses. He had a 2.65 ERA over 98.2 innings pitched.
native of Canada,
also was selected the Pitcher of the Year on the NorCal All
#393, 13th Round, Chicago WS, 1B, Danny Hayes (Jesuit/Oregon
Hayes, a senior first baseman, is batting .270 with 12 doubles,
five home runs and 37 runs batted in this season. His five home
runs are second on the club and his 37 RBI rank third.
#395, 13th Round, St. Louis, CF, Jimmy Bosco (Jesuit/Menlo
Bosco was the
2013 Player of the Year
NAIA West Group, batting .426 with 15 home runs, 56 RBI and a .805
#401, 13th Round, Oakland, OF, Justin Higley (Jesuit/CSU
Higley batted .252 with a team leading 10 home runs and 28
#433, 14th Round, Atlanta, IB, Tyler Kuresa (Oakmont/UC Santa
Kuresa hit .296 with 16 doubles and 46 RBI for the Gauchos.
#500, 17th Round, Minnesota, Tanner Mendonca, RHP (Sac
Mendonca was 2-6 with a 4.75 ERA over 72 innings for the
#541,18th Round, Philadelphia, Dan Child, RHP (Jesuit/Oregon
Child, a junior right-handed pitcher, is 4-1 with a 2.82 earned run
average in 11 games this season, nine of which have been starts.
Opponents are batting just .238 against him in 38 1/3
#557, 19th Round, Houston, Jake Rodriguez, C (Elk
Rodriguez, a junior catcher, is batting .268 with nine doubles, two
home runs and 32 RBI this season while opponents have stolen just
13 bases in 32 attempts (.406). He's a first-team All-Pac-12
#773, 26th Round, Boston, Mauricio Dubon, SS
Capital Christian HS)
Dubon was a two-time All-Capitol Team selection. To read his
stats and bio go here.
#827, 28th Round, Houston, Jordan Mills, LHP,
(Oak Ridge HS/
An All-West Coast Conference selection, Mills
went 51.0 innings, allowed 45 hits and 12 earned runs. He struck
out 45 and held opponents to a .234 average.
#894, 30th Round, Kansas City, Andrew Ayres, INF, (CSU
The former WAC Player of the Year, Ayres hit .298 with 47
#895, 30th Round, Toronto, Rowdy Tellez, IB, (Elk Grove
Tellez was a two-time POY and All-Capitol Teamer. To read
his story go here.
#1072, 36th Round, Miami, RHP Chandler Eden (Yuba City
Eden was an All-Capitol Team selection. For his
stats and story go here.
#1091, 36th Round, Oakland, C, Cooper Goldby, (Yuba City
Goldby anchored the Division III Champion Honkers defense and
hit for a .270 average.