2011 Draft Signings: DeJesus, Smith signs
According to a report from the West Central Tribune in Minnesota, 9th round pick third baseman Jordan Smith signed with the Indians on Sunday.
The Indians are following 41st round pick outfielder Brian Ruiz out in summer ball, and it appears that if any deal is reached with him it will not come until close to the August 15th signing deadline.
Speaking of the deadline, do not expect any overslot deal to be announced until close to August 15th. A few may trickle in before then, but the majority should come either on the deadline date or during the week leading up to it. A lot of times the players are already signed but Major League Baseball will have the player and club sit on the signing until MLB approves it closer to the deadline.
As one player drafted in the past few years who was signed well before the deadline told me:
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