No. 1 pick Carlos Correa and No. 2 pick Byron Buxton signed almost immediately and are both already playing in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are close to coming to terms with No. 3 pick Mike Zunino.
Last week Zunino was named Baseball America‘s college player of the year and the University of Florida catcher was unable to sign until the Gators were eliminated from the College World Series, so the delay is nothing out of the ordinary and, like most picks, he’ll be under contract long before he would’ve been under the old collective bargaining agreement.
Slot value for the No. 3 pick is $5.2 million, so it’ll be interesting to see if Zunino can get that full amount after both Correa and Buxton took below-slot deals from the Astros and Twins.
The Yankees have announced an investment partnership with Vision Esports. Vision Esports is the largest single shareholder of three esports-related companies, which includes Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, and Vision Entertainment. The size of the investment was not disclosed.
Echo Fox was founded by former NBA player Rick Fox. The team has players from some of the most popular titles, including League of Legends, Call of Duty, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros.
Twin Galaxies tracks retro video game world records. Vision Entertainment creates esports content across various platforms.
This is not the first intersection of baseball and esports. Earlier this year, pitcher Trevor May joined esports team Luminosity. Other teams, particularly in the NBA, have gotten involved in esports. Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired esports teams Dignitas and Apex.