When the Yankees signed their 1st round pick Ty Hensley last night they officially signed all of their top 10 round draft picks and surprisingly had $400K left over after they did it. That money can now be spend on draft picks after the 10th round and on a related note, the Yankees are expected to announce the signing of their 24th overall draft pick, Jose Mesa Jr, according to his Twitter account.
Mesa Jr. was not expected to sign from the start. Before the draft even began he announced that if he was not picked up in the top 10 rounds there was no chance that he would sign. Draft picks after the 10th round are limited to $100K draft bonus unless there is money over from the pool teams are assigned for their top 10 picks. There was and now Mesa may be the first of a couple of pleasant surprises.
Without knowing how much his bonus is yet, we won’t know how much the Yankees benefited from signing Hensley under budget. He can technically sign for up to $500K, but if it was less than that then he might not be the last signing announcement that we hear before now and the end of the deadline at 5:00 p.m.
Mesa is the 18-year-old, 6-foot-4, 215-pound son of former Major Leaguer Jose Mesa. He can hit 95 mph with his fastball and is said to already have a slider and changeup. You can read more about him here.