The Colorado Rockies announced on Wednesday via press release that they have agreed to terms with 2017 MLB Draft second round pick Ryan Vilade. According to Jim Callis, the deal was for a slot-appropriate $1,425,400 signing bonus.
Vilade was drafted 48th overall out of Stillwater (Okla.) High School and was previously committed to Oklahoma State University, where his dad is a coach. Vilade hit .410 with seven home runs and 34 RBI and was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year winner for Oklahoma. He was also named a Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team All-American for his performance and he also won the Under Armour High School Home Run Derby.
He will likely be assigned to Rookie-Level Grand Junction. The pick continued a trend of the Rockies selecting high school third basemen in the early rounds of the draft. The Rockies were, of course, without a first round pick. They sacrificed the 11th overall pick for the privilege of signing free agent Ian Desmond to a five year $70 million contract from the Rangers after they gave him a qualifying offer following the 2016 season.
The Rockies also officially announced the signings for 33 other players. As expected, with so many college players selected, each of the first 34 picks have signed contracts with the team, including Colorado natives Lucas Gilbreath (seventh round, University of Minnesota) and Reagan Beichler (31st round, Wichita State University). You can find full information in our 2017 Draft Class signings tracker.