Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Draft signing deadline approaches

MLB 2010 Draft signing deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, August 16

Still unresolved for the Mizzou Tigers:
• MU Recruit Jason Adam, drafted in the 5th round by the Royals, still unsigned

• MU Senior-to-be Nick Tepesch, drafted in the 14th round by the Rangers, still unsigned

• MU Recuit Matt Stites, drafted in the 33rd round by the Cubs
Mighty Matt (SurbanJournals.com)
Jefferson College all-America pitcher Matt Stites turned in a solid showing in tone of college baseball's big-time summer spotlights. Invited to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, Stites opened and closed the season with a bang for the Falmouth Commodores. The 5-foot-10 fireballer, won two of his first three starts and finished the season by not giving up a run in five consecutive relief appearances. The former Festus High and Festus American Legion ace has signed a letter of intent to join the Mizzou baseball program in the fall, but he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first-year player draft in June and his Cape Cod showing may push the Cubs to make an effort to get him locked up before they lose his signing rights on Sunday.

■ From Dallas.SBNation.com:
Much has been made about the club's future payroll and ability to re-sign Cliff Lee, but there are more immediate monetary questions to be asked. The Rangers still must sign Luke Jackson, though all signs point to that happening and the Rangers just waiting until August 16 per MLB guidelines on over-slot deals. But the club also drafted a handful of interesting talents in the middle rounds (including Justin Grimm, Nick Tepesch, Garrett Buechele and Brian Ragira - the last two being longshots to sign with local ties) that they would have been stretched to sign under MLB budgetary restrictions. If the Greenberg group assumes control this week as expected, my hope is that there is some money available to round out their draft class.

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