Former Arizona Wildcats Brandon Dixon and Johnny Field have signed their first pro contracts after being selected in last week’s baseball draft.
Dixon, a third-rounder, received a signing bonus of $566,500 from the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Jim Callis from Baseball America. Dixon, who won the Pac-12 batting title with a .369 average and led the league with 30 stolen bases this season, played first base and third base in his Arizona career.
Callis’s tweet about Dixon indicated that he might be tried at left field, but the Dodgers last week pondered a move to second base.
“He’s a really quality athlete,” said Dodgers vice president of scouting Logan White. “The kid can fly. He should be able to steal 20-30 bases in the big leagues and play a quality infield position.”
Field, selected in the fifth round, signed with Tampa Bay for a bonus of $250,000, according to Callis. He was the 2012 Pac-12 batting champ with a .370 average. The Rays want him to transition from outfield to second base.
Earlier, starting pitcher Konner Wade signed with the Colorado Rockies with a bonus of $198,500 after being a seventh-rounder.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 14, 2013