It didn’t come as a surprise but it came down to the wire.
UCLA signee Hunter Greene officially signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, the last day MLB teams could sign their 2017 draft picks, as the top prospect inked a deal with a record-breaking $7.23 million signing bonus, according to MLB’s Jim Callis. The dynamic pitcher/shortstop was the second overall pick in the draft.
He is one of three UCLA signees drafted in last month’s draft who signed with their MLB teams. RHP/catcher Hagen Danner (2nd round, 61st overall) signed for a $1.5 million bonus with the Blue Jays, according to Sportsnet in Canada, and lefty pitcher Jeremiah Estrada (6th round, 195th overall) agreed to terms with the Cubs for a $1 million signing bonus, according to The Desert Sun.
UCLA still has seven members of its 10-man recruiting class left, including three who were drafted. Outfielder Garrett Mitchell (14th round), LHP Sam Glick (39th round) and RHP Chase Farrell (40th round) all turned down an immediate chance at the pros to come to UCLA.