2021-07-18 14:59:20 GMT + 00: 00 – The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Henry Davis to last week’s No. 1 overall victory in the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft.
Davis, 21, who played for the University of Louisville, received a $ 6.5 million signing bonus, according to the MLB Network.
“When we started this search process last summer, it was very important for us to find the best player,” Pirates’ general manager Ben Cherington said at a press conference on Sunday morning. “We also wanted to find the right person to work with to help us build a successful team in Pittsburgh.”
“We are very excited and honored and confident that we have found that person in Henry Davis.”
Davis, who weighs 6-2, 210 pounds, hit 0.370 that season with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 49 games for Louisville. He was number 5 overall prospect according to MLB.com.
The $ 6.5 million signing bonus would be the lowest for a # 1 selection since outfielder Mickey Moniak received $ 6.1 million from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016.
It was the second time in the last three years that a catcher took first place in the overall standings. The Baltimore Orioles won Adley Rutschman in 2019.
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.