The Braves signed first round pick right-hander Lucas Sims of Brookwood to a $1.65 million bonus, signing him at his house late Wednesday night.
The club announced that the deal had been finalized on Thursday.
The bonus was $175,000 under the suggested slot by Major League Baseball of $1.825 million for the No. 21 overall pick, but under new rules the teams can spend their allotted bonus pool for the top 10 rounds however they choose. The Braves can also use whatever is left over to try to sign players drafted lower than the 10th round.
The Braves have agreed to terms with each of their top 10 round picks; it’s just a matter of signing the contracts. Both Sims and fourth-round pick Justin Black have made it official.
Sims plans to attend the John Smoltz Braves Hall of Fame Luncheon on Friday and attend the game Friday night at Turner Field with his parents. He will report to Orlando on Tuesday to join the Gulf Coast League Braves. Sims, who had committed to Clemson, didn’t want to spend any more time than necessary negotiating.
“He wanted to get started, not peak at a signing bonus,” his father Wayne Sims said Thursday.