Washington State Cougars right hander Parker Mcfadden was one of the highest touted recruits WSU baseball has signed in the last decade. He was rated as one of the top 100 high school prospects in the country coming out of Yelm High School where he was the Narrows League MVP. Wazzu fans held their breath on whether he would sign with the Mariners, who originally drafted him. He came to Pullman and three years later he finally realized some of his huge potential and is now headed to the pro ranks.
Jim Callis of MLB.com has reported that Mcfadden signed with the Baltimore Orioles for a $125,000 bonus. The team selected McFadden in the 16th round and gave him a bonus in line with the allocated money for that point in the draft.
Here is the Callis mini scouting report via his twitter account.
McFadden compiled a 3.56 ERA this past season while striking out 46 batters in 30 innings and only allowing 18 hits. He also unfortunately walked 27 batters, hence the likely move to the bullpen where his primo stuff can be unleashed. Hopefully his control and command will improve in shorter outings.
Best of luck to Parker in his pro career!
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This story has been updated to correct that $125,000 is the max bonus allowed for McFadden’s draft slot.