The Tim Tebow-led Columbia Fireflies are red hot and in position to win a first-half title in the South Atlantic League.
That’s all true except for the Tim Tebow-led part.
The Mets’ Single-A affiliate on Thursday won, 7-3, at Greenville, S.C., to take a half-game lead over the Drive in the Sally League’s Southern Division.
The Vanderbilt starting pitcher was in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick and while he may have been picked at No. 5 ultimately by the Braves, he wouldn’t take much less than his No. 1 value.
According to ESPN the Braves signed Wright on Friday with a $7 million bonus, the highest in baseball since 2011. The slot value for the pick was $5.7 million which means the Braves only have $2.8 million remaining of their signing-bonus allotment to spend on the rest of their top-10 picks.
Most of that money is likely to go to their No. 2, 3 and 4 picks while they will expect to save on their final six top-10 picks, who were all college seniors this season.
Wright (2.78 ERA, 290 strikeouts this season) was a college teammate of Braves’ current shortstop Dansby Swanson, and he is looking forward to reunite with his fellow national champion.
He’s big brother to me, Wright said Friday to ESPN. To see him was really cool. It brings back fun memories. I’m excited about it.