TEAM FAILS TO SIGN SECOND ROUND PICK ANDREW SUAREZ OF U of MIAMI
The Washington Nationals signed first round pick RHP Erick Fedde, just moments before Friday’s 5:00 pm ET deadline, according to multiple reports.
Fedde’s signing bonus is $2,511,100, per Jim Callis.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 18, 2014
Fedde, a right-handed starter from UNLV who played on the same high school team as Nats outfielder Bryce Harper, had Tommy John surgery two days before the draft.
The team issued a press release shortly after the deadline.
Suarez, a 21-year-old left-handed starter with a long history of arm problems, will return to the Univeristy of Miami for his senior year, the school announced via Twitter earlier in the afternoon. This marks the second time he’s been drafted without signing a pro contract. Suarez was the 57th overall pick in the draft, and as such, the Nats will receive the 58th pick in the 2015 draft as compensation for failing to sign their draftee.
The Nationals also did not come to terms with ninth round draft pick Austin Byler, a junior first baseman from the University of Nevada.