The junior was the No. 162 overall pick. The signing bonus slot value for that selection is $306,100, according to MLB.com.
Deason was UA’s ace this season, posting a 2.87 ERA in 91 innings. The 6-foot-3 Ojai, California native struck out 84 batters.
Despite his success as a starter this year, Deason is viewed by most talent evaluators as a likely reliever in pro ball. His delivery has effort, and while he has a four-pitch mix, he is most effective when using his fastball/curveball combo. Deason’s average fastball sits in the low 90s, touching 94-95 mph. His best out pitch and most consistent offering is a 12-to-6 curveball that he can really spin. Deason is expected to go off the board early on Day 2 of the draft.
Deason has a year of eligibility left, so he can still return to Arizona if he wants.