After being drafted in the second round by the New York Yankees this past week, it was pretty much understood that Arizona Wildcats commit Matt Sauer would forego his college years and start pro ball.
He confirmed that to KSBY this week.
"I can't be any more blessed. I'm so excited. I'm so happy that my friends and family were here to witness this," Sauer said about being drafted 54th overall. "This was just amazing ... I'm still at a loss of words right now. This is so exciting right now ... most World Series ever. They're a winning team so hopefully I'll get a ring with them."
“It looks like I’m going to be a New York Yankee.”
The signing bonus slot value for Sauer is $1,236,000, but reports are that the Yankees have offered him $2.5 million or about double slot value. This is because of how the club approached their first two rounds.
So add Sauer to the list of pitchers Arizona has lost in the early rounds in recent MLB Drafts. Michael Kopech ended up skipping college after being the 33rd pick in the 2014 draft, and JoJo Romero didn’t join last year’s team after being selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.
But the Wildcats only had one other recruit (Jonathan Stroman) picked this year, so they got through the whole thing in pretty good shape.