Padres News: First round pick Robert Hassell officially signs

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SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30: An aerial view of an empty Petco Park baseball stadium on December 30, 2013 in downtown San Diego, California. The stadium serves as the home field for the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30: An aerial view of an empty Petco Park baseball stadium on December 30, 2013 in downtown San Diego, California. The stadium serves as the home field for the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images) /
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Robert Hassell joins fellow Padres draft picks Jagger Haynes and Levi Thomas, signing with the team on Tuesday.

Yesterday was a good-news Tuesday for Padres fans. Not only did the MLB and MLBPA agree on a 2020 shortened season, but the team also agreed to terms with first-round draft pick, Robert Hassell.

Hassell jumped on 104.5 The Zone, a local radio station in Nashville, last week, indicating that he was going to sign with the Padres. Then, it just became a matter for how much. And so far, the Padres have managed to sign all of their draft picks under their respective slot values.

If you recall, fourth-round pick Levi Thomas signed for just $80K, forgoing another year at the Troy University. Then the Padres locked down their final pick in Jagger Haynes for $300K. And among the three signings, including Hassell, the Friars have managed to save a combined $1.4M. Obviously, that bodes very well for third-round pick Cole Wilcox, who many believed would be the most difficult to sign.

We’ve mentioned time and time again, but Wilcox was a first-round talent who happened to slip to the third round. AJ Preller joined the Ben and Woods Show on 97.3 The Fan a week ago, stating that the team strategized their draft so that they would be able to sign Wilcox.

Next. 2020 season officially begins July 24. dark

Hassell had a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt, who is still technically reigning NCAA Champions, given the cancellation of the 2019-2020 season. Now the Padres just have Justin Lange, Owen Caissie, and Wilcox left to sign.

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