Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas commit Allison reportedly signs with Dodgers at deadline
An Arkansas hat and glove sit in the dugout prior to a game against Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Outfielder Chet Allison reportedly signed Friday with the Los Angeles Dodgers shortly before the deadline for MLB teams to sign drafted players.
Allison, a junior college player who signed to play next season for Arkansas, will receive a signing bonus of $222,500 after he was selected by the Dodgers in the 24th round, according to a tweet from MLB.com reporter Jonathan Mayo.
There are no slot values for picks after the top 10 rounds of the draft, but franchises incur financial penalties for signing bonuses greater than $125,000 on players selected in rounds 11-40.
Allison was the only draft casualty this year for the Razorbacks, who had two high school signees - outfielder Jason Hodges and utility player Dominic Tamez - drafted in the 34th and 35th rounds. Allison told WholeHogSports on June 5 that he was leaning toward attending Arkansas, and nearly three weeks later Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn thought Allison would come to school.
"He turned down a lot of money from the Dodgers. He went to a Dodgers workout and they offered him pretty good, plus school," Van Horn said June 24. "He wants to come in and thinks he can double his money, and I think he can, too - maybe more than that."
Allison was the 2019 Central Valley Conference player of the year as a sophomore right fielder at Fresno City College. He batted .446 and slugged .831 from the right side with 36 extra-base hits, including 11 home runs. He had 50 RBI in 45 games.
"He's certainly one of the top five I've ever coached and I've had seven go to the big leagues," Fresno City coach Ron Scott told WholeHogSports in June. "He's a big, strong kid that can run and throw and hit, and hit with power.
"He has all those tools that you look for as a professional player."
Allison did not respond to a message seeking comment Friday.
24th-rd @MLBDraft pick Chet Allison gets $222.5K to sign w/@Dodgers ($97.5K counts vs bonus pool). Juco standout from @FCCRAMSBASEBALL was committed to @RazorbackBSB. Dodgers Draft: https://t.co/UD8NwOb2HH— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) July 12, 2019
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