McHenry native Bobby Miller has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $2.2 million, according to a report from MLB.com’s Jim Callis.
The Dodgers selected Miller with the 29th overall pick in last week’s MLB draft. Miller is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-handed pitcher from Louisville. He became the second McHenry County native drafted in the first round in as many years, following Cary-Grove’s Quinn Priester in 2019.
Miller’s signing confirms that he will be foregoing his final year at Louisville and pursuing a professional career with the Dodgers.
This year’s draft was unique, with only five rounds as opposed to the normal 40. The financials involved also have been altered because of the uncertainty surrounding the sport’s financial future.
Signing bonuses, which typically increase from year to year, remained stagnant at 2019 levels. The 29th overall selection was valued at $2.4 million, but that doesn’t guarantee a player will sign for that value.
This year’s signing bonuses also are being heavily deferred: $100,000 will be paid out in 2020, with the remainder paid out across the next two years. In the long run, it won’t affect a top-tier prospect such as Miller too much, whereas undrafted players could sign for only up to $20,000 this year.
What’s immediately next for Miller remains unknown. Baseball has yet to come to an agreement on a 2020 season at the major league level, and it’s possible there won’t be a minor league season.