Andrew Hutchinson has been a multimedia reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2014.
Anderson signs with Marlins
Arkansas infielder Brian Anderson (1) hits a single during an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game against Virginia, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
FAYETTEVILLE Brian Anderson agreed to a contract with the Miami Marlins with a signing bonus of $600,000 on Thursday, according to MLB.com.
The Marlins drafted Anderson in the third round of last week's MLB Draft. He was the 76th overall pick, which has a slotted value of $737,200, meaning Anderson's signing bonus is 18.6 percent less than the slotted value.
He is the second Arkansas player to sign a professional contract, following Chris Oliver. Jalen Beeks was introduced at the media day for the short-season Boston Red Sox affiliate in Lowell, Mass., on Wednesday, but his contract terms aren't yet known.
All three players had another year of eligibility, but decided to forgo their final season in Fayetteville.
Last season, Anderson hit .328 with seven home runs and 51 RBI for the Razorbacks. He was also the only Arkansas player to start all 65 games during the 2014 season.