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Eleven Former Cats Have Signed Pro Contracts This Month

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Kentucky Baseball will have lots of new faces across the diamond in 2019 thanks to the MLB draft. Eleven players from the Cats’ 2018 team have signed pro contracts after being selected in this month’s draft. Take a look at which players have agreed to terms with big league franchises and how much money they received for signing.

Draft Signings

Sean Hjelle- San Francisco Giants: 1.5 million

Kole Cottam- Boston Red Sox: $375,000

Zach Haake- Kansas City Royals: $300,000

Luke Becker- San Diego Padres: $5,000

Luke Heyer- Los Angeles Dodgers: $47,500

Justin Lewis- Arizona Diamondbacks: $125,000

Trey Dawson- Houston Astros: $125,000

Troy Squires- Toronto Blue Jays: $1,000

Ben Aklinski- Philadelphia Phillies: $100,000

Alec Maley- Washington Nationals: Unknown

Tristan Pompey- Miami Marlins: Finalizing Contract

Unsigned Draft Picks

Chris Machamer- Boston Red Sox

Andrew Miller- Miami Marlins

It will be difficult to bounce back after losing so many guys that saw playing time in 2018.  The good news for the Cats is that all of their commitments for 2018 will be headed to campus. Will Gambino, Cole Ayers, and Braxton Cottongame were selected in the later rounds of this month’s draft and all three will attend UK. Jaren Shelby, the prized JUCO signee and younger brother of John and JaVon, was not selected and will attend UK as well. Mingione signed one of the top classes in the country and (as of now) the whole group will be on campus this fall.

Their will a lot of new faces for UK when the team takes the field this fall. Mingione and his crew will have their work cut out for them as they look to rebuild after losing a large portion of their team to the draft in 2018.

Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.