Jays sign four, including OF Marisnick, before deadline

The Canadian Press

8/18/2009 12:37:33 AM

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays reached agreements with third-round selection Jacob Marisnick and three other players ahead of Monday night's midnight deadline, but failed to sign three of their top picks from the 2009 draft.

Supplemental first-rounder James Paxton of Ladner, B.C., second-rounder Jake Eliopoulos of Newmarket, Ont., both left-handed pitchers, and third-round pick Jake Barrett, a right-hander, decided to take their chances next year and go back into the draft.

The Blue Jays will receive similar picks in 2010 as compensation for letting them walk.

Joining Marisnick in signing Monday were outfielder Kristopher Hobson (sixth round), Andrew Hutchison (15th round) and fellow right-hander Daniel Webb (18th round).

First-round pick Chad Jenkins signed Saturday for a US$1.359-million bonus. The Blue Jays signed 34 of their picks from the draft in all.

Marisnick, an 18-year-old outfielder from Riverside, Calif., agreed to a $1-million bonus, which is more than triple Major League Baseball's slot recommendation of $309,600 for the 106th pick, according to Baseball America.

Scouting websites describe him as a potential five-tool player.

Webb, a 12th-round round pick of Arizona's in 2008 who went back into the draft when he couldn't reach a deal with the Diamondbacks, signed for $450,000, three times the MLB recommendation for players chosen after the fifth round, reported Baseball America.

The Paducah, Ky., native who turns 20 Tuesday has a fastball that touches 94 m.p.h., but has fallen in both drafts because of signability issues.

Hobson is an 18-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif., and is the son of former big-leaguer Butch Hobson.

Hutchison is an 18-year-old from Lakeland, Fla.