Second IU signee opts for pro ball #iubase

A second Indiana signee has decided to bypass college on the way to professional baseball.

Outfielder Jack Suwinski has signed with the San Diego Padres for a bonus worth $550,000, MLB.com’s Jim Callis reports. A 15th-round selection in June’s First-Year Player Draft, Suwinski is regarded as one of the top left-handed hitters to come out of this year’s high school class.

The Padres apparently liked Suwinski enough to swallow a penalty for signing him to such a deal. When bonus money exceeds $100,000 to players drafted beyond the 10th round, teams are charged for the overage. In this case, San Diego will be penalized $450,000 against its bonus pool.

Suwinski, along with pitcher Skylar Szynski, were expected to be impact additions to next season’s IU roster, but both players chose pro ball instead. Szynski, a fourth-round selection, signed with the Oakland Athletics for $1 million.

MLB teams have until July 15 to sign their draft selections.