June 18: Keller Fossil Ridge and Oklahoma second rounder Sheldon Neuse signs with Washington with a bonus of $900,00 as the No. 58 overall pick. Neuse is a shortstop projecting as a third baseman or a potential reliever with a 95 MPH fastball.
June 17: Former Colleyville Heritage standout Cody Thomas of Oklahoma has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $300,000. Thomas has played outfield for Oklahoma the last three years after he graduated from Colleyville in 2013 ... Former Prosper pitcher Jace Vines of Texas A&M signed for $375,000 with the Kansas City Royals as the 133rd overall player selected .. Waxahachie and Dallas Baptist center fielder David Martinelli signed for $321,000 with the Phillies.
If several more players sign as expected, the Class of 2016 for North Texas will yield more than $7 million in bonus signings. Former Keller Fossil Ridge and Oklahoma third baseman Sheldon Neuse is expected to sign for at least $1 million while Boswell's Ulysses Cantu and former Colleyville Heritage star Preston Palmeiro are slotted to receive more than $200,000 apiece. Among other six figure signees should be a Sachse's Kyle Weatherly ($174,000) as well s Flower Mound's Andrew Vinson. The 2016 class could jump dramatically from $7 million in bonuses if football stars opt to play baseball. Oklahoma signee Zach Farrar of Southlake Carroll and Notre Dame receiver Torii Hunter of Prosper would likely need mid, six-figure bonuses to opt out of football.
June14: Jesuit left-handed pitcher Kyle Muller has agreed to a $2.5 million contract with the Atlanta Braves according to Jim Callis of the MLB.com. The 6-6 Muller was the 44th player drafted overall last Thursday, a day before pitching Jesuit to a UILState Class 6A baseball semifinal. Jesuit won the 6A final over San Antonio Johnson. Muller had signed with Texas but will now spend the the summer in the Braves' rookie summer league.
Muller signed for the pre-set value of the No. 17 overall pick. A second-round pick at No. 44 was set at $1.4M.
Southlake Carroll shortstop Hudson Sanchez signed with San Diego for $1 million. Sanchez, a Texas A&M signee expected to move to 3B/OF was taken 24th overall in the draft but likely agreed to a lesser signing bonus than the $2.19 million valued for the slot .. The Los Angeles Dodgers previously signed Justin Northwest 6-6 pitcher Dustin May to a $1 million signing bonus after the Texas Tech signee was drafted with 101st pick.
Story on Gatorade naming Kyle Muller Texas Baseball Player of Year
MAY 24: Kyle Muller has set national pitching records and led Jesuit to its first, and possibly, second UIL state baseball tournament. Muller is a right-handed power hitter; And a hard-throwing left-handed pitcher.
As Muller leads Jesuit into the Class 6A regional semifinals, he was named Gatorade’s Texas High School Baseball Player of the Year. Muller led Jesuit to its first state tournament berth last season as a junior. The Texas signee already is a 2015 Under Armour All-American selection. Jesuit begins a best-of-three playoff series against Conroe Oak Ridge on Thursday.
Earlier this season, Muller struck out 24 consecutive hitters in two games to set a record according to the National Federation of State High School Association, which lists 22 straight strikeouts by Jim Peterson of Sonora (Calif.) in 1973 and Gunner Baker of Carlisle in East Texas in 2013.
Muller has grown about three inches to 6-7 since he was a sophomore starter in baseball and a starting receiver in football. He would have been Jesuit’s starting quarterback in football the last two years but opted to concentrate on playing baseball. Muller has played on several prominent USA Baseball Tournament and top select teams, where he also has been a strong hitter and pitcher.
When not pitching for Jesuit, the senior is athletic enough to play centerfield. Muller has a 0.49 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 74 innings. At the plate, he’s hitting .392 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI through 40 games.
Muller is projected as a second or third round draft pick in the professional baseball draft on June 9 primarily with a strong academic interest dropping his “sign-ability” factor. Muller and his older brother Chris were the Jesuit starters three years ago. Chris has signed to play next season at Texas-San Antonio after two strong seasons at Paris Junior College. Another twist of the storyline could happen if both brothers are drafted in early June.