ST. PAUL — Max Meyer, the third overall pick in last month’s Major League Baseball draft, has signed with the Miami Marlins.
The Woodbury, Minn., native and former Gophers ace received a signing bonus of $6.7 million, according to MLB Pipeline reporter Jim Callis, which is slightly lower than the slot value of the pick.
“Thrilled to make it official with the @marlins and sign with @rocnationsports! Let’s get to work Miami,” Meyer tweeted Thursday.
The Marlins tweeted a picture of a masked Meyer with his parents signing his contract at Marlins Park, as well as a video of Meyer on the field. “I’m pumped to be a part of the organization and can’t wait to see you all at the ballpark,” he said in the video.
Meyer is expected to report to Jupiter, Fla., and work out as part of the Marlins’ 60-player pool. Though he is not expected to make the team’s roster out of camp, the move will allow him to continue his development even after the minor league season was canceled.
Meyer, 21, matches Hall of Fame player and former Twins manager Paul Molitor as the highest-overall draft pick from the University of Minnesota. In a COVID-19-shortened junior season, Meyer was 3-1 with a 1.95 earned-run average in four starts for the Gophers.