MIAMI -- Will Banfield is ready to get to work.Selected with the 69th overall pick in the 2018 Draft, Banfield on Thursday officially signed with the Marlins. The 18-year-old catcher from Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) will now get down to business and begin working with the organization's Gulf Coast
MIAMI -- Will Banfield is ready to get to work.
Selected with the 69th overall pick in the 2018 Draft, Banfield on Thursday officially signed with the Marlins. The 18-year-old catcher from Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.) will now get down to business and begin working with the organization's Gulf Coast League team in Jupiter, Fla.
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Via Twitter, Banfield responded on Thursday: "I would like to thank the Marlins organization for putting their trust in me and allowing me the opportunity to live out my dream! All glory to God and officially part of the Miami Marlins!"
The deal was expected because Banfield reached agreement within days after being selected in Competitive Balance Round B. Banfield signed for $1.8 million, well above the recommended slot value of $894,600.
By signing with the Marlins, Banfield is passing on the opportunity to play at Vanderbilt University.
Advanced defensively, Banfield projects to be a frontline big league catcher and potential Gold Glove winner. In his senior season, he batted .409 with seven home runs, nine doubles, one triple and 33 RBIs in 37 games.
Banfield joins other recently signed Draft picks at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex in Jupiter. He is no stranger to the facility, having played in a Perfect Game event there last October. In that showcase, he displayed an exit velocity of 102 mph on one of his singles.
With Banfield's deal official, all but two of the Marlins' top 10 picks have signed. On Friday, MLB.com learned that infielder Osiris Johnson, a second-rounder from Encinal High School (Alameda, Calif.), and and outfielder Tristan Pompey, a third-rounder from the University of Kentucky, were close to signing. Slot value for Johnson was $1,318,500; slot for Pompey was $642,600.
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