Brother Rice's Nick Plummer will get $2.124M bonus

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Birmingham Brother Rice's Nick Plummer will fly to Florida either Friday or Monday to undergo his physical with the St. Louis Cardinals, who took him the 23rd overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday night.

After passing his physical, he will sign his first professional contract.

He will sign for $2.124 million, the recommended slot value for the 23rd overall pick, he told The News.

For comparison, Derek Jeter, the last position-player high-schooler from Michigan drafted in the first round, received an $800,000 signing bonus for being the sixth overall pick of the New York Yankees in 1992.

Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-10 left-handed pitcher, was the last high-schooler from Michigan taken in the first round, and the former Dearborn Divine Child star received a $2.175 million signing bonus as the No. 19 overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 1997 draft. Anderson never pitched a day in the major leagues.

Plummer, who turns 19 next month, is a 5-foot-10, 200-pound center fielder who could be shifted to either left or right field, many scouts believe.

He batted over .500 his senior season at Brother Rice, which lost in the regionals, 2-1 in eight innings, to Utica Eisenhower.

He scored 68 runs, stole 32 bases, was walked 32 times and had 23 RBIs. He struck out only 10 times all season, despite playing in the Catholic League, which starts with a 1-1 count and thus is known to feature more strikeouts than other leagues in the area.

After passing his physical and signing for his bonus, Plummer will work out at the team's spring-training facility in Jupiter, Florida, then will join the team's rookie-league team in Johnson City, Tennessee, when that team starts play the fourth week of June.