On the heels of news that the Braves have signed second-round pick, shortstop Nick Ahmed, there is news that the team is not close to signing tenth-round pick, shortstop Logan Robbins. Western Kentucky coach Chris Finwood has this to say:
"Right now, I don’t know if he’ll sign or not," Finwood said. "He and the Braves are a little ways apart. Originally, I thought he would definitely sign, but right now, I really don’t know.
"I don’t think the offer that they’ve given him is quite what he’d hoped. But the good thing for Logan right now is that he loves it here. He’s staying in shape and either way, he’ll be fine." [...]
"Right now, I think he’s starting to feel a little undervalued (by the Braves), so maybe that’ll have something to do with it. Whatever happens, we’d like to get it put to bed in the next couple weeks, and he understands that."
It sounds like the two sides are far apart on the money side of the negotiations. Robbins was considered by some a bit of an overdraft in the tenth round, but there is no denying that his tools -- especially his speed and his arm -- are pro quality, though he is a bit of a raw baseball player.
Ahmed has similar, if not more refined tools, than Robbins. With the amount of shortstop depth now in the system, I wonder how far over slot the organization will go to sign Robbins or eleventh-round pick, high school shortstop Seth Moranda.
A complete list of signed players from the Braves 2011 draft class can be found on the left sidebar of the main page.
It turns out that Logan Robbins has just signed with the Braves, waddayaknow:
Western Kentucky University junior shortstop Logan Robbins became the sixth Hilltopper player to sign a minor-league contract this year after coming to an agreement with the Atlanta Braves.
Robbins was selected by the Braves in the 10th round of the draft with the 326th overall pick and will find out Thursday night where in the organization he will begin his career. [...]
"It is very exciting. It's something that I have looked forward to since I was seven, eight years old and for this day to finally be here, it's a dream come true. It's what I've wanted since I was a little kid and why I've played all these years."
Only first-rounder Sean Gilmartin, and the still-playing college ball in the World Series sixth-rounder Mark Lamm, are the only picks among the first ten not to sign.