With 10 days to go before the deadline to sign 2010 First-Year Player Draft picks, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was asked Saturday whether he could report any progress.
“No,” Melvin said, “but we’re pretty confident we can get him in.”
The Brewers picked Pasadena, Calif. right-hander Dylan Covey with the 14th overall pick in the Draft. He has a scholarship from the University of San Diego for leverage and Covey’s father, Darrell, is handling negotiations instead of an agent to preserve his son’s amateur status and has made it clear from the start that his son expects a signing bonus in excess of Major League Baseball’s recommended “slot” figure. Dylan Covey said in June that he wants at least $2 million, about $300,000 more than the recommendation.
Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid is currently in California, but Melvin was not certain whether there had been any face-to-face meetings in recent days. Darrell Covey told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the family had yet to receive a concrete offer and was “waiting it out.”
Only four of the 13 players before Covey have signed including 12th overall pick Chris Sale, a collegiate left-hander who made his Major League debut for the White Sox on Friday.
With the short-season Minor Leagues nearing their end, even if Covey does sign he will probably have to wait until 2011 to make his debut.
“We’d like to get him out there earlier, and in most cases we have,” Melvin said.