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Arizona draft picks Austin Wells, Matthew Dyer sign with their MLB teams

Photo courtesy @Wellsius18 on Twitter

Former Arizona catcher Austin Wells and utility Matthew Dyer are officially on to the next stages of their careers after inking with their respective MLB teams.

Wells, the 28th overall pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, signed with the New York Yankees for $2.5 million, slightly above the recommended $2.49 million slot value.

Dyer, a fourth-round selection, signed with the New York Mets for $350,000, about $120,000 under slot value, according to’s Jonathan Mayo.

The redshirt junior hit .348 in one-plus season with the Wildcats, including .393 in 42 games in 2019 that included 20-game hit streak. Dyer batted just .220 in the coronavirus-abbreviated 2020 campaign but was on a 6-game hit streak with three home runs and 13 RBI in that span before the season ended.

In 71 career games with Arizona, Wells batted .351 with seven home runs, 74 RBI, a .560 slugging percentage and a 1.036 OPS, walking 63 times against 57 strikeouts. He hit .353 as a freshman and was at .375 in 2020 with two homers and 14 RBI.

The minor-league baseball season is expected to be canceled due to the coronavirus, so it could be a while before Dyer and Wells take the diamond again.