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Diamondbacks sign 3rd rounder Liam Norris for $800K

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The Diamondbacks have now signed three of their 5-man draft class for 2020. Jim Callis reports that the team has signed 3rd rounder Liam Norris for $800K.

Norris signing for $800K is definitely less than expectation, I had him signing for over a million. He’s a 6’4” lefty who doesn’t have much physical projection left and a spotty track record for throwing strikes, which is why he dropped from a potential Day 1 prospect to the 3rd round. With the combination of a low 90s fastball, a plus curve, and above-average slider, there are plenty of pathways for Norris to contribute in an MLB uniform.

It’s unlikely he sees time on the 60-man player pool in 2020, his first steps in development will likely be in an instructional league setting. In a normal year, he would have seen time with the team’s Arizona League affiliate and facing other teams at their Spring Training complexes. Norris’ eventual outcome will depend on his ability to find the zone, but he has the ceiling of a #3 or 4 starter.

With just two picks left to sign, the Diamondbacks have $3.6M to spend between CBA pick Slade Cecconi and 4th rounder A.J. Vukovich. With that money left to spend, I don’t see either player being a difficult sign now.

Signing Bonus Tracker:

2020 MLB Draft Signing Bonus Tracker - Diamondbacks

Round Pick Slot Bonus Player Position School Class Signed Bonus O/U Slot
Round Pick Slot Bonus Player Position School Class Signed Bonus O/U Slot
1 18 $3,481,300 Bryce Jarvis RHP Duke 4YR-JR Yes $2,650,000 -$831,300
CBA 33 $2,202,200 Slade Cecconi RHP Miami 4YR-JR Yes $2,384,900 $182,700
3 90 $657,600 Liam Norris LHP Green Hope HS (NC) HS-SR Yes $800,000 $142,400
4 119 $483,000 A.J. Vukovich 3B East Troy HS (WI) HS-SR Yes $1,250,000 $767,000
5 149 $360,800 Brandon Pfaadt RHP Bellarmine 4YR-JR Yes $100,000 -$260,800
Pool $7,184,900
Signed $7,184,900
Left $0
5% Penalty $359,245
Taxes $0