The Royals on Monday agreed to terms with pitcher Jackson Kowar, their second pick and the 33rd overall selection from the 2018 draft held last month.
Kowar received a $2,147,500 signing bonus, about $28,000 above the slot value of $2,118,700 assigned to the 33rd pick. He was also awarded a $2,500 contingency bonus that will not count against the Royals' MLB-best spending pool of $12,781,900 million.
Kowar, a 6-foot-5 right-hander who was Baseball America's 15th-ranked prospect ahead of the draft, posted a 10-5 record and 3.04 ERA while striking out 115 during his junior season at Florida.
With a few days remaining to sign their 2018 draft selections, the Royals have yet to ink their first overall pick Brady Singer, Kowar's right-handed rotation-mate from Florida, or Eric Cole, their fourth-round pick from the University of Arkansas who last week lost the College World Series to Oregon State.
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But in recent weeks, the Royals nailed down deals to ink the other three pitchers they selected on the opening night of the draft, spending about $3.92 million to convince lefties Kris Bubic and Daniel Lynch and right-hander Jonathan Bowlan to forgo their final college seasons.
With Kowar signing and 12th-rounder Rylan Kaufman signing for a $722,500 bonus, the Royals have about $4.39 million at their disposal to sign Singer and Cole. Singer's slot is valued at $3,349,300, while Cole's is $451,200.
The deadline for teams to sign players, other than those who were college seniors, is Friday.