Oregon State may have the services of starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen in 2018 after the Tampa Bay Rays, who drafted the redshirt sophomore righty with the 31st overall pick in the recent draft, won’t sign him.
The Rays released a statement on Wednesday: “We were unable to reach an agreement with Drew Rasmussen. We wish Drew the best as he moves forward. We will have no further comment on the matter.”
The slot value for that pick is $2,134,900.
The Rays didn’t say what the holdup was in signing the hard-throwing ace who returned from Tommy John surgery this season.
Rasmussen will not become a free agent, but can return to Oregon State if he chooses and will be able to go into the 2018 draft.
The Spokane, Washington, product who pitched Oregon State’s only perfect game as a freshman, made eight appearances after his return late in the season and went 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 27 innings. He had 26 strikeouts and just five walks.
Also on Wednesday, KJ Harrison signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. Harrison, a first baseman most of his career, belted nine homers and hit .313 this season for the Beavers.
The slot value for the 84th overall pick is $666,270. According to his father, Harrison agreed to a signing bonus of $667,000.
Scott Boras has been his adviser.
“We left it in (the Boras group’s) hands and trusted their expertise,” Harrison’s father, Kenny Harrison, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “It was pretty easy for us.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, Jake Thompson had yet to sign with the Boston Red Sox, who selected the righty who went 14-1 this season in the fourth round.
Thompson, as well as infielder Michael Gretler, who was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 39th round, have until Friday to sign or they can opt to return to Oregon State for their senior seasons.