Posted: 6:42 pm Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
By Matt Porter
Updated Monday, July 25 at 1:07 p.m. | Tyler Greene was disappointed he fell in the June MLB Draft, but the Philadelphia Phillies made it up to him.
The West Boca Raton shortstop, drafted in the 11th round (361st overall), reached a deal with the team. Greene said he will report Wednesday to Clearwater and play for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies.
Greene would not disclose terms of the deal, and a call to his advisor, Oklahoma City-based Rob Martin of ICON Sports Management, was not returned.
Greene was a first-team All-Area player in his senior season with West Boca. The Bulls won the Class 5A state title.
Update (July 25, 1:08 p.m.): Jim Callis of Baseball America says the Phillies gave Greene a $325,000 signing bonus, which is the highest amount of any player drafted after the first three rounds in the 2011 MLB Draft. Greene’s bonus is equivalent to third-round money.
Padres ‘making a run’ at Kelly: The advisor for former West Boca ace Michael Kelly, Jason Wood of Arland Sports, said Kelly and his family just returned from a couple days spent in San Diego with members of the Padres organization.
The Padres, who chose Kelly in the first round (supplemental, 48th overall), have had talks with his family, but “nothing of any substance,” Wood said.
“They keep saying they know what [Kelly] wants, and they intend on making a run at him,” Wood said.
Wood expected the Padres to be in contact again closer to the August 15 signing deadline.
“The cards are on the table,” Wood said. “They’ll wait and see if [the Padres] pay up.”
As a first-round pick, Kelly could command a signing bonus of more than $1 million.
Smith talking to Royals: The Kansas City Royals and former Santaluces right-hander Kyle Smith are negotiating a deal, but Wood said nothing is imminent.
Smith was a fourth-round (126th overall) pick by Kansas City. Like Kelly, he’s committed to the University of Florida and will play there if a deal is not reached in time.