Top draft picks remain unsigned
July, 30, 2009
By Jason A. Churchill | ESPN Insider
We're seven weeks into the draft signing period and 18 days from the Aug. 17 deadline, and just three of the top 10 picks have signed: Pittsburgh catcher Tony Sanchez (No. 4), Baltimore right-hander Matt Hobgood (No. 5) and Washington RHP Drew Storen (No. 10).
The Stephen Strasburg negotiations haven't gone very far, but agent Scott Boras is known to delay until the deadline. Boras represents six first-round picks, including each of the top three selections, and reports indicate that deals aren't close for No. 1 pick Strasburg and the Nationals, No. 2 pick Dustin Ackley and the Mariners or No. 3 pick Donavan Tate and the Padres.