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Diamondbacks Commit $2.5M to bring in Ty Linton, Tyler Green, and Blake Perry | August
The Diamondbacks spent $2,500,000 on Monday to bring in three high school prospects who had been considered likely college commits. The biggest signing was 14th round pick Ty Linton, a 6'-2" 210 lb right-handed outfielder from Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina, who signed for $1,250,000. Linton is still a very raw talent, but has the potential to be a five tool player for the Diamondbacks. He has outstanding power and very good speed, but needs to work on his hitting approach. Team Scouting Director Tom Allison said that Linton will have "have every opportunity to be a middle-of-the-order run producer." Linton was expected to play both baseball and football at the University of North Carolina, and the Diamondbacks needed the seven figure bonus to lure him away from college.  Most scouts viewed Linton as a 3rd round talent, but he dropped to the 14th round because of his signability issues. He will begin his career at Rookie League Mizzoula. The Diamondbacks committed $750K to 8th round pick Tyler Green, pulling him away from a college career at TCU. Green already has a mid-90s fastball and a power curve, finishing his senior year with a 10-1 record, a 0.93 ERA, and 108 strikeouts in 75.2 IP. Like Linton, Green was viewed as around a 3rd round talent, but also slipped due to signability concerns. In addition to his pitching, Green is also an outstanding hitter, finishing last season with a .500 AVG, 11 HR, 46 RBI, and a .925 SLG in 40 games. He was named the Houston Chronicle's Position Player of the Year (#2 Overall Pick Jameson Taillon was the Pitcher of the Year). Green will begin his minor league career at Yakima of the Northwest League. 6th Round pick Blake Perry received a $500K signing bonus from the Diamondbacks to walk away from a college career at the University of Kentucky. Perry is a 6'-5" righthander who already throws in the low 90s, and will join Ty Linton in Missoula. Aside from 1st round pick Barret Loux, the Diamondbacks also did not sign 13th rounder Kevin Ziomek, who will attend Vanderbilt, and 23rd round pick Robert Padilla, who will pitch for San Jose State. Here are the signing bonuses for the Diamondbacks' key selections: 1st - Barrett Loux, RHP - Unsigned 2nd - J.R. Bradley, RHP - $643,500 3rd - Robby Rowland, RHP - $395,000 4th - Kevin Munson, RHP - $243,000 5th - Cody Wheeler, LHP - $168,300 6th - Blake Perry, RHP - $500,000 7th - Jeffrey Shields, RHP - $150,000 8th - Tyler Green, RHP - $750,000 9th - Zachary Walters, SS - $97,500 10th - Kawika Emsley-Pai, C - $70,000 14th - Ty Linton, OF - $1,250,000