Cornelius Randolph, of Griffin High School in Williamson, GA., during a high school all-star baseball game Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in San Diego. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, the Phillies have come to a contract agreement with the team’s first-round pick Cornelius Randolph.
Randolph will sign with the team for a contact of $3,231,300, the full value of the 10th sloth in the 215 MLB draft a few weeks ago.
Randolph played shortstop while at Griffin High School in Georgia, but will transition to playing left field for the Phillies, said Phillies first-year scouting director Johnny Almaraz last Monday, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Cory Seidman.
Almaraz saw Randolph as one of the top high school hitters in the country, due to being a smooth-swinging lefty, who could develop into a middle-of-the-order bat for the team. Randolph said last week he models hist swing and overall game after former Yankees’ shortstop Robinson Cano.
Although Randolph had a commitment to play at Clemson, there was very little doubt that the Phillies would reach an agreement with him.
Randolph, who is represented by Scott Boras’ agency, was in the city of brotherly love on Tuesday to take his physical. If all goes well, the 18-year-old left-hander could begin his professional career with the team in the single-A affiliate in Williamsport.
Randolph is the highest-drafted position player since Pat Burrell was taken first overall in the 1998 Draft.
The Phillies have yet to announce their signing of their 2015 draft picks, but according to MLB.com, they have reached agreements with at least 28 of their 40 picks. Two others they are reportedly are close to signing with Scott Kingery, the second baseman from the University of Arizona and fourth-round pick Kyle Martin, a first baseman from the University of South Carolina.