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Yankees begin process of signing 2014 draftees

Bombers close to inking 17 of their 39 selections from MLB draft
06/11/2014 11:49 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Top overall pick Jacob Lindgren is expected to complete his physical this week.(AP)
Less than a week after the conclusion of the 2014 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees have reached agreements or reportedly will reach agreements soon with at least 17 of their 39 selections, including their top five overall picks.

On Thursday morning, Yankees public relations confirmed that they have officially signed nine selections: James Madison University second baseman Ty McFarland (Rd. 10), Eastern Illinois RHP Matthew Borens (Rd. 11), The Citadel first baseman Bo Thompson (Rd. 13), Pittsburgh RHP Joe Harvey (Rd. 19), Washington State catcher Collin Slaybaugh (Rd. 26), Jacksonville State outfielder Griff Gordon (Rd. 27), Pittsburgh RHP Matt Wotherspoon (Rd. 34), William & Mary first baseman Ryan Lindemuth (Rd. 37) and Houston-Victoria RHP Andre Del Bosque (Rd. 38).

Financial terms and assignments in that group weren't immediately available, but earlier in the week, MLBDailyDish.com's Chris Cotillo tweeted that Harvey's deal includes a $60,000 bonus, Jeff Hartsell of the Charleston Post and Courier reported in an article that Thompson expected a similar bonus, and in an article by Steve Bennett on Luzerne County (PA) website citizensvoice.com, Wotherspoon revealed that he will be headed to Staten Island.

Chief among the remaining group is the top overall pick, Mississippi State LHP Jacob Lindgren, who, according to a tweet by YES Network's Jack Curry, is headed to Tampa on Thursday to take his physical. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had said during a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders TV broadcast Saturday night that Lindgren will report to Class-A Charleston when he signs, and it appears as if Lindgren could go from being a Bulldog to a RiverDog by the end of the week.

As for the remainder of the top five picks:

-The New England Baseball Journal reported Monday that the Yankees' third-rounder, Salisbury (CT) School RHP Austin DeCarr, was headed to Tampa to sign for a bonus of $1.15 million -- double the allocated slot bonus of $575,000 for the No. 91 overall pick.

-Patrick Ebert of Perfect Game tweeted Monday that the Yankees' fourth-round pick, South Carolina LHP Jordan Montgomery, has agreed to sign and will be assigned to Class-A Staten Island.

-A story posted on Central Michigan University's student newspaper website on Monday revealed fifth-round LHP Jordan Foley will forego his senior season with the Chippewas to sign with the Yankees, and their sixth-round pick, Mississippi State RHP Jonathan Holder, had tweeted shortly after his selection Friday that he is "excited to have the opportunity to continue to play ball with the Yankees."

Three other picks appear to be headed into the fold according to Twitter: West Virginia RHP Sean Carley (Rd. 14) will sign according to Baseball America, Gonzaga LHP Derek Callahan (Rd. 16) posted Saturday that he "couldn't be more excited about the opportunity" to play with the Yankees and Pinstriped Prospects posted on Sunday that Concordia (TX) University RHP Corey Holmes (Rd. 20) will sign and report to Staten Island.

There is at least one pick who will spurn the Yankees, however, and that's their final one, A.C. Flora (SC) HS shortstop Madison Stokes. Shortly after being taken in the 40th round Saturday, A Stokes tweeted that he was honored to be chosen by the Yankees, but he was going to honor his commitment to play college ball at South Carolina.

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