In what should come as a surprise to no one, the Padres’ Cory Spangenberg has become the first 2011 first-rounder to sign. The 10th overall pick is expected to get right around $1.8 million, which is approximately slot money for where he was selected.
With two true first-rounders and three more supplemental picks, the Padres declined to splurge with the 10th overall pick. Spangenberg, a JuCo infielder, is a nice line-drive hitter with questionable home run power and no real position yet. The Padres announced him as a second baseman. He also has experience at third. However, scouts aren’t sure he’ll be able to make it either spot. If he ends up in left field, then more power will be a must.
Update – FollowThePadres has the bonus at $1.86 million. That’s less than the $2.1 million the Padres offered ninth overall pick Karsten Whitson last year. Whitson declined to sign, which is why the Pads received the 10th pick as compensation this year.