Left-handed pitcher Frank Mozzicato, the No. 7 overall draft pick in the 2021 draft, reached a deal with the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Saturday.
Per multiple reports, Mozzicato nabbed a signing bonus of $3.55 million, a smaller sum than the $5.432 million value attached to that draft slot … fueling speculation his selection was tied to his salary requirements.
“[We felt] that it may be really beneficial for us, and with the fact that it’s only 20 rounds now, and with the value a lot of players put on themselves economically, that it may be a wise strategy to not only to look at taking the best upside player, pitcher available, but also be able to maximize what we can do later on with the other 19 selections,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “That’s a part of what we have to consider going forward.”
The signing bonus is still the largest bonus given to a player drafted out of the state of Connecticut, per the Hartford Courant.
Opinions were somewhat split on Mozzicato coming out of East Catholic High School in Hartford, Conn., as he was projected to be drafted anywhere between the first and third rounds, though most observers had his stock rocketing recently.
He earned national headlines following four straight no-hitters this spring and finished with a 9-0 record and 0.16 ERA for East Catholic.
–Field Level Media