Gators in Pro Baseball: 4 draftees sign contracts

Sophomore shortstop Brady McConnell went 3-for-5 Saturday night, recording two home runs, three runs and three RBIs. McConnell leads the team with 28 runs, 42 hits and five home runs. [Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent/File]

The four Florida players selected off of baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s squad — shortstop Brady McConnell (second round, Kansas City Royals), pitcher Tyler Dyson (fifth, Washington Nationals), right fielder Will Dalton (eighth, Boston) and outfielder Nelson Maldonado (21st, Chicago Cubs) have all signed pro contracts.

McConnell’s slot price was $1,689,500. Kansas City went well over that figure in signing McConnell to a $2,222,450 bonus, per

Dyson’s slot value was at $346,800, but signed for $500,000, according to


Red Sox optioned lefty Bobby Poyner to Pawtucket earlier this week. Poyner allowed five earned runs in three innings in a game this week and saw his ERA balloon to 15.75. He was called up Monday. Poyner made a pair of appearances for the Red Sox back in April, giving up two runs over one inning of work. He owns a 3.91 ERA in 25.1 frames for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Boston reinstated lefty Brian Johnson from the 10-day injury list (elbow) on Friday.


  1. Has anyone seen anything on how many of this years recruits signed pro contracts? Assuming Greene will since he was 5th overall but I haven’t seen anything on Allen signing after he fell to the 3rd round.

    • Allan is the biggest question mark. The fact that he hasn’t announced for the Gators yet means he’s still in very in depth conversations w/ the Mets. The Mets just saved $700k on their 1st round pick by signing him for $3.9 instead of $4.6 million, and they drafted a ton of college seniors, who they can easily low-ball to save money there too. They’re gonna need to find about $2.5 million though because he was drafted at a slot value of $780k and reports are he wants up to $4 million but might settle as low as $3.