GJ Rox sign Wall and Padlo
Forrest Wall, who was taken by the Colorado Rockies with the 35th overall pick during the competitive-balance portion of the first round of the Major League Baseball entry draft, announced on his Twitter account Thursday he officially signed with the team.
The second baseman and the Rockies reached a verbal agreement on a contract earlier this week with a signing bonus worth $2 million. He is listed on the Grand Junction Rockies’ depth chart and likely will start his career with the Rookie League affiliate.
“Officially a Colorado Rockie,” Wall said on Twitter. “Blessed to have this opportunity.”
With the signing, Wall will forgo his verbal commitment to play baseball at the University of North Carolina.
Wall, who was a 2014 Perfect Game First Team All-American at Orangewood Christian High School in Maitland, Florida, was the 36th ranked prospect in the draft by Baseball America.
Of the Rockies’ first four picks, Wall was the only one to sign a contact with a signing bonus above the standard allotment for his draft slot. Colorado was under slot with its top 10 picks.
Third baseman Kevin Padlo, the Colorado Rockies’ fifth-round selection, also signed Thursday.
Padlo signed with a bonus of $650,000, nearly double his slot allotment, after initially wavering on a verbal contract agreement.
Out of Murrieta Valley High School in California, Padlo was a 2014 Perfect Game Third Team All-American, and he had verbally committed to play at the University of San Diego.
The Rockies have signed all of their players drafted in the first 10 rounds.