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The Blue Jays ink eighth-round pick Braden Barry to an under-slot deal

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Photo credit:Chole Paugh/WVUsports
Ryley Delaney
11 months ago
Another day, another draftee has been signed.
It was announced late on Tuesday night by Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo that the Blue Jays have signed eighth-round selection Braden Barry to a bonus worth $147,500.
The outfielder played for West Virginia University in 2023, and slashed .290/.383/.511 with eight homers in 281 plate appearances. Moreover, he had an 11.7 BB% and a 19.6 K% in his junior year. For his entire collegiate career, he slashed .282/.371/.473 with 14 homers in 534 plate appearances. He had a 10.7 BB% and a 21.2 K%.
The 21-year-old right-handed batter also played three seasons of summer ball, slashing .231/.291/.282 with no homers in 86 plate appearances. Most recently, he played in the MLB Draft League, where he slashed .346/.370/.423 in 27 plate appearances.
Sadly, there isn’t a lot of information out there on Barry. However, his $147,500 bonus (which is essentially $150,000 due to a trick, even if it doesn’t count towards the bonus pool), is under the slot value for the 244th pick. The Blue Jays saved $47,100 by giving him this deal.
After this signing, they had a bonus pool of $1,047,132 remaining, with two more players to sign from rounds 1-10. Josh Mollerus eventually signed (we’ll get to that in a later article), while Jaroun Watts-Brown is the only player in those rounds yet to have signed. Depending on the bonus of Watts-Brown, this could give the Jays enough room to sign Sam Kulasingam.

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