Gilbert has been shut down for the season, while Raleigh will report to Everett next week
With the Major League Baseball deadline to sign 2018 draft picks to contracts looming on Friday, the Mariners were able to reach an agreement with Cal Raleigh, their third-round selection out of Florida State, late Thursday evening.
Raleigh, a switch-hitting catcher with power potential, was the Mariners’ only remaining selection, who was expected to sign and hadn’t done so. But they were able to finalize a deal with Raleigh’s agent Scott Boras. General manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed that Raleigh had taken and passed his physical at the team’s complex in Peoria, Arizona.
“He’s officially signed,” Dipoto said.
Per MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Raleigh received an $854,000 signing bonus, which is above the No. 90 pick value of $632,700.
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As a junior with the Seminoles, Raleigh hit .326 (75 for230) with, 18 doubles, a triple, 13 home runs, 54 RBI, 51 walks, a .447 on-base percentage and a .583 slugging percentage in 62 games.
Because of a long layoff since his season had ended with Florida State, Raleigh will remain in Peoria for a few days to work out at extended spring training. He’s slated to join short-season Everett some time next week.
“We felt like he was one of the best catchers in the country in what was a pretty good year to be a college catcher,” Dipoto said. “We feel like the leadership, the switch-hitting, he’s a good offensive player, who has defensive skill. We felt like he was one of the better pitch framers in the country. He’s fairly advanced, playing at a big school in a big conference. It’s an opportunity to put a polished catcher in the system and suspect he’ll move quickly as a result.”
Raleigh’s signing meant that the Mariners signed their top 34 picks of the draft (list below).
“We signed all the players that we expected to sign in our draft,” Dipoto said.
No go from mono
Logan Gilbert wasn’t supposed to pitch much in his first professional season. But now the Mariners’ top pick in the 2018 draft — 14th overall out of Stetson — won’t pitch at all.
Gilbert, who had reported to Everett after signing his contract, has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
“He is actually back in Orlando after spending some time in the hospital,” Dipoto said. “He’s resting at home. He’s going to have four to six week recovery from a pretty nasty case of mono. We weren’t intending on tacking many more innings on him anyway, but in his current state, he should be ready to go in our high performance camp when it starts in September.”
Even if Gilbert hadn’t gotten mono, he was only going to make a handful of outings with the Aqua Sox because of his heavy workload in college.
“We had intended to let Logan pitch twice,” Dipoto said. “We were going to let him pitch on two different occasions and let him build up five or six innings, but mostly interact with his teammates.”