The Braves didn’t waste any time signing their top pick from this week’s draft, signing McKinney (Texas) High School shortstop Matt Lipka to an $800,000 bonus.
The amount was right at Major League Baseball’s slot recommendations for the supplemental first round pick, taken No. 35 overall. The Braves announced Thursday that they had signed both Lipka and seventh round pick Matthew Suschak, a right-hander from the University of Toledo.
Lipka will report to the Braves complex in Orlando on Monday to prepare to play for the Gulf Coast Braves rookie league team. Suschak will report to the Danville (Va.) Braves rookie league team.
“It’s exiting to be drafted and then (to sign), it hits you even more,” said Lipka, who made signing early a priority. “Especially coming in as a high school shortstop, I want to learn the system and get reps with the wood bat.”