From staff reports
The trio of Liberty University baseball players selected in last week’s Major League Baseball amateur draft each recently signed contracts with their professional organizations.
Right-handed pitcher Evan Brabrand (Miami Marlins), catcher/outfielder Jonathan Embry (Tampa Bay Rays) and right-handed pitcher Andrew McInvale (Toronto Blue Jays) signed with their respective teams about one week after the conclusion of the annual draft.
Embry, the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year, received a $67,500 signing bonus with the Rays after being selected in the 10th round.
McInvale’s signing bonus was not revealed by the Blue Jays, who announced 20 draftees were signed. McInvale was selected in the 37th round.
Embry and McInvale each had one season of eligibility remaining at Liberty.
Brabrand’s contract included a $1,000 signing bonus, a significant decrease from the pick value for the ninth-round selection. The pick value was worth $157,600, and Brabrand did not have the negotiating power with the Marlins because he exhausted his college eligibility.
The closer was named to the Perfect Game and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America teams Wednesday. Brabrand was a second-team All-America by PG, while the NCBWA voted him a third-team selection.
Forest natives Zach Peek and Zack Hess have not signed yet with their respective teams, the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers. Peek, a sixth-round selection out of Winthrop, has a pick value of more than $270,000, while Hess’ seventh-round pick value is nearly $228,000. Hess and LSU recently concluded their season in the Baton Rouge Regional.
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