Mariners Signal First-Rounder Harry Ford
The Mariners have agreed to signal 12th total decide Harry Ford, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo experiences (by way of Twitter). Ford signed for $4,366,400, matching the slot worth assigned to his decide.
Ford is an 18-year-old highschool catcher from Georgia, and he’ll now start his professional profession after being initially dedicated to attend Georgia Tech. Ford was the consensus alternative because the draft’s second-best catching prospect, behind solely Henry Davis (who went to the Pirates as the primary total decide). Draft pundits all had Ford inside roughly the identical vary on their rankings, with The Athletic’s Keith Regulation putting Ford highest at eighth, whereas Baseball America was comparatively the bottom at 17th.
Whereas Ford was drafted as a catcher, there may be some doubt he’ll stay on the place — not essentially on account of an absence of potential behind the plate, however reasonably as a result of Ford is an effective sufficient athlete to probably match at a number of different positions. Ford has 60-grade pace and likewise a plus throwing arm that some scouts really feel might make him a attainable future choice as a middle fielder. On the plate, Ford has wonderful bat pace and could be very robust, making him a superb candidate for extra energy potential sooner or later.