Yankees News: First-Round Draft Pick Trey Sweeney Contract Signed
As the 2021 MLB Draft is in the rearview mirror, the league's latest prospects have begun signing with their first professional teams. On Monday, the New York Yankees became the latest club to get their first-round selection under contract.
The Yankees signed shortstop Trey Sweeney — the 20th overall pick this year — to a $3 million contract, according to Baseball America's Carlos Collazo. Sweeney's contract is an under-slot deal, which means that the Yankees are paying Sweeney that $242,900 less than the $3,242,900 that is assigned to 20th overall picks. He's just one of five 2021 prospects that New York has signed to an under-slot deal so far.
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There's always going to be high expectations for a prospect selected within the first 20 picks of any given draft. That's no different than how the Yankees view Sweeney, however, the young shortstop certainly has the potential to live up to the hype.
Sweeney has played for the Eastern Illinois Panthers over the last two NCAA baseball seasons. During that time, he recorded 17 home runs and 96 RBIs in 117 games played with a .328/.437/.712 slash line. He's also spent the past two summers playing collegiate baseball in the Coastal Plain League where he has 11 HR and 58 RBIs in 69 games. That's not even mentioning how he consistently demonstrates the ability to draw walks, as proven by the 46 he recorded over 48 games in 2020 alone.
Needless to say, it's clear that Sweeney can be a difference-maker on offense, especially with his ability to get on base. Only time will tell how he develops and whether or not he can be the Yankees' next great shortstop.
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