Former North Forsyth pitcher Dakota Chalmers signed for twice the amount of his slotted value to become a part of the Oakland Athletics organization.
Jim Callis of MLB.com reported Saturday, via Twitter, that Chalmers signed with the Athletics under the condition of a $1.2 million signing bonus.
Chalmers, selected in the third round (97th overall) on the second day of the draft last week, came off the board in a draft slot with a projected signing bonus value of $586,900, according to Callis.
Bill Chalmers, Dakota’s father, told the Forsyth County News last week that players with high-round projections, but with personally discounted price tags, contributed to Chalmers’ slide into the third round. Chalmers was projected by many to be selected in the first or second round, anywhere between picks 30 and 63.
With a full-ride scholarship to pitch for the University of Georgia in their back pocket, the Chalmers family didn’t budge in negotiations with teams, and Oakland finally bit on the hard-throwing youngster.
“There were a lot of kids that were taking under what we could consider slot money,” Bill said. “Some of the teams we thought were interested in (Dakota) would go for them instead, leaving a lot of projected first rounders on the board late, which just pushed everything back.”
According to BaseballAmerica.com, Chalmers’ signing bonus amounts to a slot value between the 49th and 50th pick in the second round.
Chalmers , 18, threw 82 strikeouts and posted a 1.50 ERA during his lone season with the North Forsyth Raiders. He will begin his pro career in minor league rookie ball as part of the AZL Athletics, located in Mesa, Arizona.