First-round pick Hancock signs with Mariners

(SEATTLE)- According to mariners.com, first-round pick Emerson Hancock officially signed with the Mariners on Thursday as the club announced three of its six selections in the shortened 2020 MLB Draft have now passed physical exams and finalized their contracts.

Hancock, 6-foot-4 right-hander out of Georgia, agreed to a $5.7 million signing bonus, according to MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis. That number is just shy of the assigned slot value of $5,742,900 for the No. 6 slot, which is where Seattle picked the talented 21-year-old two weeks ago.

"Emerson Hancock fits everything we’re doing with the Seattle Mariners, both in terms of his ability as a player and his character as a person," Mariners amateur scouting director Scott Hunter said. "He is a true power arm who has the tools and the drive to pitch at the top of the starting rotation."

Also signing on Thursday were second-round selection Zach DeLoach, an outfielder out of Texas A&M, and fifth-rounder Taylor Dollard, a right-hander from Cal Poly. All three signed players are 21-year-old college juniors.

Per Callis, DeLoach signed for his full slot value of $1,729,800 for the No. 43 overall pick. Dollard also signed for his exact fifth-round slot value of $406,000, according to MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo.