Mason Smith, the former Rocky Mountain High standout drafted last week by the San Diego Padres, signed with the National League team Tuesday.
Smith, who was taken 118th overall (fourth round), signed for the slot amount, approximately $433,000, according to his father, Tim. Mason Smith flew to Peoria, Ariz., on Monday night and signed Tuesday morning. He practiced with the Padres’ Rookie League team in Peoria Tuesday afternoon. Tim Smith said his son likely will spend the rest of the summer with the team, though a strong body of work may get him a call-up later this summer, noting the Padres will not rush the younger Smith. The Padres have a short-season A team in Eugene, which is in the Northwest League with the Boise Hawks.
Smith had signed to play for the University of Utah next season, but his early selection caused him to forego his college career and enter the pros right away. Under the terms of his signing with the Padres, however, the team will pay for him to attend college, whenever that may be.
Check out this video from MLB.com for a quick look at Smith.