The Mariners have agreed to terms with their first-rounder and the sixth-overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft, catcher Alex Jackson, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirms. Jim Callis of MLB.com first reported the news.
The slot value of the sixth pick for this year was $3,575,900. Heyman hears Jackson will receive a bonus in the neighborhood of $4.2 million, so the Mariners appear to have gone a decent amount over slot here.
Jackson can also play outfield and was selected out of Rancho Bernardo High School in California. Here's our draft profile of the young prospect:
Jackson is arguably the best offensive prospect in the entire draft. He has big right-handed power and top shelf bat speed that produces hard contact to all fields. His excellent arm is his top defensive tool, though his receiving behind the plate needs work. There's a chance he will be moved to the outfield sooner rather than later to speed up his climb to MLB. Either way, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder projects to an impact middle of the order hitter.
The signing of Jackson means the only player taken in the top eight of the draft still unsigned is N.C. State left-hander Carlos Rodon, who was taken third overall by the White Sox. Given that he's a Scott Boras client and seen as the most MLB-ready prospect in the entire draft, it's not surprising he's the last one of the top picks. The deadline for signing draft picks is July 18, so there's still plenty of time.