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.
5 Razorbacks sign with MLB teams
Arkansas center fielder Dominic Fletcher runs to third base on his way to the plate Friday, May 31, 2019, after a double by right fielder Heston Kjerstad during the fifth inning of the Razorbacks' 11-5 win over Central Connecticut at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Five former Arkansas players signed professional baseball contracts this week.
Outfielder Dominic Fletcher, infielders Jack Kenley and Trevor Ezell, and pitchers Matt Cronin and Jacob Kostyshock have signed contracts since Sunday.
Fletcher (Arizona Diamondbacks, second round), Cronin (Washington Nationals, fourth round), Kenley (Detroit Tigers, eighth round) and Kostyshock (Colorado Rockies, eighth round) were among the seven Razorbacks drafted earlier this month.
Arkansas players who have yet to sign are pitchers Isaiah Campbell (Seattle Mariners, second round), Cody Scroggins (Boston Red Sox, ninth round) and Zack Plunkett (Los Angeles Dodgers, 20th round), a college catcher who was drafted as a pitcher.
Campbell, Scroggins and Plunkett are expected to sign by the July 12 signing deadline.
Fletcher, a three-year starting center fielder at Arkansas, signed for $700,000, according to MLB's draft tracker. That figure is less than the $831,100 value suggested for Fletcher's slot in the draft, 75th overall.
Fletcher signed the largest contract for an Arkansas position player since Andrew Benintendi signed for $3.6 million when he was drafted seventh overall by the Red Sox in 2015.
Cronin ($464,500) and Kostyshock ($164,700) signed for their suggested slot values.
Kenley signed for $135,000, under the $181,200 value for his slot in the draft. Kenley began his pro career with a 3-for-4 outing Monday that included a home run, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Ezell went undrafted, but signed a free agent contract Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Rays. He began his professional career Wednesday, when he went 1-for-3 with 3 walks in Bradenton, Fla.
Players who are not drafted are eligible to sign free agent contracts. Free agent contract details are not publicly released.
Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.