White Sox Sign 2nd-Round Pick Jared Kelley

"This is a moment I've been dreaming about," Kelley said.

670 The Score Staff
June 28, 2020 - 12:30 pm

(670 The Score) The White Sox have signed Refugio High (Texas) right-hander Jared Kelley, their second-round pick in the MLB amateur draft earlier in June.

Kelley, 18, agreed to a $3-million signing bonus. Kelley was viewed as a first-round talent by many, but there were some concerns about his signability. That worry is now over for the White Sox.

"This is a moment I’ve been dreaming about for as long as I can remember and still can’t believe it’s real," Kelley said in a statement. "None of this would be possible without the love and support from my mom, dad, brother and the many coaches and teammates I’ve had along the way.  I’d like to thank the Chicago White Sox for taking a chance on me, and I promise to give you and White Sox fans everywhere everything I’ve got."

In a senior season cut short by the coronavirus, Kelley struck out 34 batters in 12 innings. Kelley had a 32-3 record and 0.60 ERA with 440 strikeouts in 199 2/3 innings in his high school career, according to the Victoria Advocate.