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4th round pick Turnbull signs

Aug 16, 2011, 1:41 AM EDT

As the clock ticks toward midnight, the Nationals have completed the first of what should be several down-to-the-wire draft pick signings.

Left-hander Kylin Turnbull, the organization's fourth-round pick in June, has agreed to a deal that includes a $325,000 signing bonus, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America.

That's about $100,000 over the MLB-recommended "slot" for the 127th overall pick in the draft.

Turnbull, a 6-foot-4 lefty with a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s who also throws a splitter, went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 80 innings for Santa Barbara Community College.

He had committed to pitch in his home state for the University ofRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Aug 16, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Kudos to the Lerners and Rizzo for paying to make the deal.

  2. Richard - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    If they sign Purke along with the three first rounders, the Nats farm system will have to be a top five group.

  3. Dave - Aug 16, 2011 at 3:54 AM

    Jeez, seven minutes to go and no new announcements?

  4. Dave - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    It's a yes on Purke, per @BaseballAmerica. Four years, big-league deal.

  5. SBrent - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:05 AM

    While we all wait in suspense, let's distract ourselves. What's everyone think of the Nats honoring the SEALS with a logo on their caps Tuesday night? I thought the Va Tech caps thing was fantastic. This somehow feels less authentic to me, and maybe a little cheesy. I'm not sure why the difference. Certainly the SEALs who died are at least as deserving of honor, if not more, than the Va Tech kids. Thoughts?

  6. Anonymous - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    All signed. Except for Buchanan and Laxer. Guess both are headed for Ol' Miss.

  7. Anonymous - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    Rendon could supersede Harper as the top prospect in baseball. Purke is a darkhorse for that honor as well.

  8. Dave - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    @12:06, source, please?

  9. Grandstander - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    If the rumors are true on Rendon and Purke, that could be a bigger haul than the either of the past 2 years.

  10. Anonymous - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    jimcallisBA Jim Callis by MarkZuckerman#Nationals give 3rd-rder Matt Purke 4-yr big lg deal. Details to come, total guarantee close to No. 3 pick Trevor Bauer ($4.4 mil)

  11. Dan! - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    WOW. Rendon too? Monster night for the Nats if this is true.

  12. Grandstander - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    Kilgore is saying a clean sweep at well above slot:The Nationals gave Purke, the No. 96 overall pick, a left-handed pitcher from TCU, a four-year, major league deal worth roughly $4.4 million, according to a report by Baseball American’s Jim Callis.The Nationals signed Miami Dade College outfielder and No. 34 pick Brian Goodwin to a $3 million signing bonus, according to a report by Sports Illustrated. The bonus smashes the MLB recommended slot for the 34th overall pick and matches the mark the league recommends for the third overall pick.Read the article here (I know the link is long but AK earned the ad revenure): http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/post/nationals-sign-all-top-four-draft-picks-anthony-rendon-alex-meyer-brian-goodwin-and-matt-purke/2011/08/15/gIQATSNKIJ_blog.htmlMLB is pissed at the Lerners right now, after Stras, Harper, Werth and now this, we are seriously costing the "good" teams a lot of money. I can't wait until this aggressiveness in the draft starts getting rewarding.

  13. Anonymous - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    This is one of the few days that I can say to the Lerners…Well Done. No cheapskates this night. They actually sounds like they want to play with the big boys.

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