It took a lot longer than anyone though, negotiations going right down to the wire, but the Diamondbacks have officially signed their first-round pick, and #1 overall selection in the 2015 June draft, shortstop Dansby Swanson. Discussions were initially delayed because of his presence in Vanderbilt's team which played in the College World Series, losing in the final to Virginia. But even after that was completed, negotiations with Swanson seemed to take a great deal longer than expected. However, with just two minutes before the signing deadline of 2pm Arizona time, the first word came through:
Hearing that the #Dbacks have agreed with No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 17, 2015
And a few minutes later, this was officially confirmed:
The 21-year-old right-hander has yet to be placed with an affiliate, and there is no confirmed word at this point of what signing bonus he received. Slot value for the #1 pick is a little more than $8.6 million, but any deal is expected to be well short of that, reflecting a lower level of talent in this year's draft. [Jon Heyman reported a figure of around $6.5 million] He hit .335 for Vanderbilt, with 15 home runs and was one of the four nominees for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top college baseball player in the nation.
Here are links to the pieces we wrote about Swanson before the draft and after he became our top pick: