The New York Mets announced that they’ve signed 2018 first round pick Jarred Kelenic. Jacob Resnick of MMO reported the news earlier on Friday and added that the outfielder will begin his career in the Gulf Coast League with the GCL Mets.
Jim Callis of MLB reports that Kelenic was given a $4.5 million signing bonus, significantly under the $5,525,200 slot value.
Kelenic, 18, was drafted sixth overall earlier this month from Waukesha West High School in Wisconsin.
The left-handed hitter was widely regarded as the best prep bat heading into the and was ranked as the No. 6 draft prospect by Keith Law and No. 8 by FanGraphs.
The Mets have also officially signed 7th round pick LHP Kevin Smith, 8th round pick RHP Tylor Megill, 9th rounder RHP Bryce Montes de Oca, 10th rounder SS Manny Rodriguez, 12th rounder OF Ross Adolph, 13th rounder RHP Christian Tripp, 15th round catcher Phil Capra, 16th round SS L.A. Woodard, 23rd rounder RHP Saul Gonzalez ($50 overslot), 25th round OF David Miranda, 26th round 3B Brian Sharp, 28th round RHP Mitch Hickey 29th round catcher Nelson Mompierre, 30th round 2B Chandler Avant, and 31st round RHP Brendan Hardy.
Top 10 picks that remain unsigned are 2nd round RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson, 3rd round 2B/OF Carlos Cortes, 4th round RHP Adam Hill, 5th round RHP Ryley Gilliam and 6th round catcher Nick Meyer.