The Cleveland Indians completed their signings of their 2020 Draft class on Friday with the signing of pitcher Tanner Burns who the team selected with the 36th overall selection in last month’s draft.
Burns was reportedly in Cleveland the last few days as negotiations were on going and there was even a report that the signing was “far from a sure thing” which was definitely a cause for concern considering Burns is represented by super agent Scott Boras.
The right-hander out of Auburn signed a deal that included a $1.6 million signing bonus which was under the slot value for the pick ($2.045 million). The Indians had $2.255 million left of their draft pool money and had they gone over would’ve lost a draft pick for the 2021 MLB Draft.
Cleveland.com reported on Friday that Burns will not be sent to the alternate training site in Eastlake where those who do not make the major league roster will continue to train and stay ready in case of injury or a potential coronavirus outbreak.
Burns was the 28th ranked prospect by MLB.com for the 2020 Draft Class and has drawn comparisons to Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sonny Gray. He throws between 92-97 mph on his fast ball and has a solid curveball. Scouts have concerns about his lack of size as well as durability concerns as he had shoulder issues his sophomore season at Auburn.
Prior to the college baseball being shutdown due to the pandemic, Burns went 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA and struck out 32 batters in 22.1 innings. In his career with the Tigers, he went 14-9 with a 2.86 ERA and struck out 210 batters while walking only 67 in 188.2 innings (37 career appearances, 36 starts). T