ST. LOUIS -- The Padres were close to finalizing deals with a handful of their top Draft picks on Tuesday, including No. 38 overall selection Xavier Edwards.
The club has not yet confirmed the signings.
Edwards, a high school shortstop from Florida, received a $2.6 million signing bonus, well over slot value of approximately $1.9 million, according to MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis.
In his senior season at North Broward High School, Edwards batted .406/.532/.646. A 5-foot-10 switch-hitter, Edwards boasts elite speed and defense tools, and he's an on-base threat at the plate.
"He's a guy that we had as one of the more advanced high-school bats in terms of plate discipline, seeing pitches, doing the things you want to see from good leadoff hitters," Padres general manager A.J. Preller said on Draft day. "... We see him as a middle-infield, top-of-the-order guy that's got a dynamic skill set."
Also on Tuesday, Callis reported that the Padres agreed with third-rounder Owen Miller ($500,000), fourth-rounder Dylan Coleman ($500,000) and fifth-rounder Dwanya Williams-Sutton ($350,000). MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo added the signings of sixth-rounder Alexuan Vega ($250,000) and seventh-rounder Juwuan Harris ($215,000).
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All five of those signings checked in under the value of their assigned slots. Thus far, the Padres have reportedly spent $4,415,000 on those six Draft picks. Those pick values correspond with a combined $3,734,900. They're going to have to save money elsewhere in their $10 million-plus overall pool.
The Padres have not yet agreed to a deal with left-hander Ryan Weathers, the No. 7 overall selection in the Draft. They have until July 6 to do so. The assigned value of Weathers' slot is worth just over $5.2 million.