The Cincinnati Reds have signed 4th round pick Cash Case to a $1M signing bonus according to’s Jim Callis. The infielder gets nearly double of what his slot value was in the 4th round, which was $501,900.

Here is what I wrote up for a quick scouting report on Cash Case on draft day:

While he is listed as a shortstop, most evaluators believe he’ll slide over to second base in the future. While he does seem like he can play up the middle, even if it’s eventually at second base, it’s his bat that gets people talking.

He’s got a compact, quick swing from the left side and is known to barrel the ball frequently. There’s some pop in his bat with the potential for 15-20 home runs in the future if he fully develops. The chance to hit for a quality average is also there.

Cincinnati Reds scouting director Chris Buckley also had this to say about him later on draft day:

We really like his bat. He’s best buddies with Jesse Winker down there. He’s kind of similar to Jesse. We think he can be a really good offensive player.

There’s been high praise for Cash Case from everyone that I’ve talked to and from those around the country who cover the draft. Case is the first of the high-profile picks that we know of that has officially signed. As I wrote earlier today, we will start seeing more and more names show up over the next 24 hours as players arrived in Arizona today for physicals.

If you’re looking for scouting reports on everyone that the Cincinnati Reds drafted, you can check that out here. If you’re interested in seeing who has signed with the organization and how the signing pools are working out, you can check that out here.

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13 Responses

  1. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    How much does this squeeze us for other signings? Will they try and go underslot with Greene at all since he would be making a bad decision to skip pro ball?

    • Doug Gray

      They may try, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to work. But, you can go up to 5% over. That would give them $682,918 extra to work with if they really wanted to (they’d pay a 75% tax on this overage to MLB). They’ll save money in rounds 6-10 to make some of this up. We’ll have to see how it goes for rounds 1-5.

    • James K

      I assume they knew what bonus it would take to sign at least the first ten draftees. Within a few days we shall see the full plan.

  2. Simon Cowell

    Sounds like Doug may have been Cash’$ agent. 1 million sounds high as Denver for a 4th rounder but if he is as good as Jesse then we will have the 2 best singles hitters in the minors. That isn’t so bad because small markets need to play small ball

      • James K

        Humor is a fragile thing. Often something is amusing to one person and not another, or even to one person at one time and not another.

  3. Hoyce

    Any reason why mahle got pulled after 3? Hopefully no injury.

    • Doug Gray

      Yes. It was planned. He’s starting the Southern League All Star game on Tuesday, which would make for short rest. So they limited his outing tonight so he could have that honor in front of the hometown fans in Pensacola.

      • RedsKoolAidDrinker

        This is why the write-ups Doug does on Patreon is so great–you get the full story. It’s more than worth the $4 a month I’m paying. Have you ever divided $4 out to see how much that comes to per day? If you visit this site everyday like I know you do, it’s only right that you chip in for Doug. The more money he gets the more he can do. My soapbox is over now, but again very well worth it to get the extra info every morning, such as what so-and-so has been averaging his last 2 weeks or since the start of the last month.

      • Doug Gray

        Thank you for the kind words.

        There’s definitely a lot more information that goes into the Patreon daily emails.

  4. Michael Smith

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