Ready to take his next step in pursuit of a Major League career, Clemson's Daniel Gossett is awaiting his first minor league assignment after signing with the Oakland A's this week.
Gossett, the A's second-round pick and the 65th player selected overall, signed for a $750,000 bonus, about 10 percent below slot value.
Placement options include the A's Arizona Rookie League club at Phoenix, their short-season Class A Vermont Lake Monsters, their low-A club at Beloit, Wisconsin, or their high-A affiliate at Stockton, California.
He will be assigned once he passes his physical.
The A's also signed their first-round pick - Matt Chapman, a third baseman from Cal State Fuller - for $1.75 million bonus, also slightly under slot value.
Following is SB Nation's post-draft analysis of Gossett and how he's viewed by A's scouts:
'Listed at 6-1, 175 lbs, Gossett gets the undersized right hander label. Prospectors seem to have put a #3/4 type starter ceiling on him despite his size. His fastball runs up to 94 MPH sitting at 91/92. (Scouts) say that his control needs to be spot on because his fastball tends to be straight. His slider is thought to be his better pitch, being above average, and he also has a workable changeup.
'Despite being undersized, he still has some room in his frame to fill out, so it's not impossible that he could possibly add an extra MPH or two to his fastball, which would help his secondary pitches play up...He has a fairly smooth motion without too much effort to it.'
Also signing last week was infielder Jay Baum, who was drafted in the 21st round by the Seattle Mariners. Currently there are two former Clemson players - Brad Miller and Dominic Leone - on the Mariners' Major League roster.
Seattle's entry-level options include its rookie league team at Pulaski, Virginia, its short-season Class A team at Everett, Washington, and its Class A affiliate at Clinton, Iowa.
Two drafted Clemson underclassmen - catcher/outfielder Garrett Boulware and lefthanded pitcher Matthew Crownover have not yet announced decisions after being drafted.
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