CINCINNATI – It was no secret that Cam Collier wanted to turn pro, and the Reds certainly wanted to sign him after taking the third baseman 18th overall in the 2022 MLB Draft. On Monday, it became obvious just how much the organization wanted to get a deal done.
Collier, 17, signed his contract with Cincinnati and received a $5 million bonus, well above the $3,659,800 slot value for the 18th pick.
"Clearly, we had Cam valued very highly," Reds director of amateur scouting Joe Katuska said from Goodyear, Ariz., where the team is holding a Draft camp for all of its selections. "We were able to move some money around to meet those expectations."