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.
Campbell, Scroggins sign professional contracts
Arkansas pitcher Isaiah Campbell celebrates an out during an NCAA super regional game against Ole Miss on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Two more former Arkansas baseball players signed professional contracts this week, bringing the total to seven this offseason.
Pitcher Isaiah Campbell signed with the Seattle Mariners for $850,000 and pitcher Cody Scroggins signed with the Boston Red Sox for $100,000, according to MLB.com.
Campbell, who went 12-1 with a 2.13 ERA as a redshirt junior at Arkansas this year, was a second-round selection of the Mariners earlier this month. His signing bonus was 3.9 percent higher than the suggested value of $818,200 for his slot of 76th overall in the draft.
Campbell commanded a high bonus, in part, because of a strong end to the season. In three NCAA Tournament starts, Campbell pitched 23 1/3 innings, allowed 3 runs and had 25 strikeouts to 4 walks.
Scroggins began his redshirt junior season as a starter, but transitioned back into a middle relief pitcher in April and finished the 2019 season with a 3-2 record and 4.01 ERA. Scroggins was the pitcher of record in the Razorbacks’ final three games of the season - a Game 3 super regional win over Ole Miss, and both of Arkansas’ losses to Florida State and Texas Tech at the College World Series.
A ninth-round pick, he signed for 32.5 percent below the suggested value of $148,200 for his position of 287th overall in the draft.
Former catcher Zack Plunkett, who was drafted as a pitcher by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 20th round, is the lone former Arkansas player who has not signed a professional contract this offseason. Plunkett exhausted his eligibility this year and is expected to sign with the Dodgers prior to the July 12 deadline.
Infielder Jack Kenley (Detroit Tigers), pitchers Matt Cronin (Washington Nationals) and Jacob Kostyshock (Colorado Rockies), and outfielder Dominic Fletcher (Arizona Diamondbacks) signed draft contracts earlier this week. Infielder Trevor Ezell signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays.
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