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Woodland native Dustin Pedroia received a $575,000 signing bonus with the Red Sox in 2004. Nine years later, the second baseman is a three-time All-Star and was the 2008 American League MVP.

Area baseball beat: Granite Bay's Knapp joins million-dollar bonus club

Published: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 8, 2013 - 11:51 am

Catcher Andrew Knapp, who played at Cal and Granite Bay High School, became the sixth Sacramento-area player to receive a signing bonus in excess of $1 million.

Knapp, who was selected by Philadelphia in this month's draft, received a signing bonus of $1,033,100, the slotted value for the 53rd pick overall, according to Baseball America.

Knapp joins Casey Weathers (Laguna Creek, Sacramento City), Manny Parra (Casa Roble, American River), Max Stassi (Yuba City), Andrew Susac (Jesuit) and J.P. Howell (Jesuit) in the million-dollar club.

Elk Grove shortstop-catcher Dom Nunez, a sixth-round selection by Colorado, landed an $800,000 bonus, more than three times the $265,000 slotted value for the 169th overall pick.

Others from the region who received bonuses after being drafted this month include Fresno State left-hander Tyler Linehan (Sheldon), ninth round by Milwaukee, $125,000; Liberty University outfielder Ryan Cordell (Valley Christian), 11th round by Texas, $100,000; and Cal State Bakersfield right-hander Jeff McKenzie (Oak Ridge), 28th round by the Chicago White Sox, $1,000.

Also signing were Menlo College outfielder Jimmy Bosco (Jesuit) by St. Louis and Sac State outfielder Justin Higley (Jesuit) by the A's, both 13th-round selections; Saint Mary's College left-hander Jordan Mills (Oak Ridge), the 28th-round pick by Houston; and Sac State second baseman Andrew Ayers, the 30th-round pick by Kansas City.

Independent leagues

Many Sacramento-area players are on the rosters of independent league teams.

• American Association: catcher Todd Jennings (Casa Roble) with Fargo-Moorhead, catcher Dwight Childs (Elk Grove) with St. Paul, infielder Brandon Pinckney (Elk Grove, Sacramento City) with Grand Prairie and outfielder Ryan Scoma (UC Davis) with Winnipeg.

• Pecos League: outfielder George Ban (Elk Grove, American River) and third baseman Mark Leacox (El Camino, American River) with White Sands, and outfielders Andrew Lopez (Elk Grove) and Ricky Brown (Elk Grove) with Las Vegas.

• Can-Am League: outfielder J.J. Sherrill (Sacramento City) and pitcher David Dinelli (Folsom, Sierra) with Newark.

• Frontier League: pitchers Preston Vancil (West Campus, American River) and Dayne Quist (UC Davis) with Southern Illinois.

• United League: shortstop Steve Rinaudo (Casa Roble, American River) with San Angelo.

• Pacific Association: outfielder Johnny Woodard (Cosumnes River) and pitcher Kyle DeVore (Pleasant Grove, Sacramento City) with San Rafael, shortstop Jesse Olivar (Sheldon) and pitcher Paul Jinkens (Wheatland, Sierra, Sac State) with Vallejo.

Et cetera

• Augusta right-hander Martin Agosta (Jesuit) started Tuesday for the South squad in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Lakewood, N.J. He struck out one and walked one in one inning as the North won 2-1. Agosta (7-2, 1.97) was the SAL Player of the Week for June 2-9 after striking out a career-high 10 in seven scoreless innings against Lexington.

• Jupiter first baseman Ryan Rieger (Woodcreek) struck out looking and popped out to short for the South team in the Florida State All-Star Game on June 15 in Dunedin, Fla. The South won 8-1.

• With just a few days left in voting for the Triple-A All-Star Game between the Pacific Coast and International leagues, vote leaders include Columbus reliever Preston Guilmet (Oakmont) and the River Cats' Sonny Gray (right-handed starter), Michael Choice (outfielder) and Dan Otero (reliever now with the A's.)

• In recent transactions, the A's picked up third baseman Vinnie Catricala (Jesuit) from the Seattle Mariners for the proverbial player to be named or cash, outfielder J.R. Higley (Jesuit, Sacramento City) was released by the Washington Nationals, and left-handed reliever Tyler Robertson (Bella Vista), son of former major leaguer Jay Robertson (Bella Vista), was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins by the Nationals.

Mark McDermott is a freelance writer specializing in Sacramento- area baseball. Contact him egmacker@yahoo.com.

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