By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
July 6, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Former Florida State catcher Cal Raleigh signed a professional contract with the Seattle Mariners prior to Friday's 5 p.m. deadline.
MLB.com's Jim Callis reported Raleigh's singing, and Florida State posted a tweet as well before quickly deleting it and posting a retraction. Callis did not post a follow up tweet, like the FSU program did.
3rd-rder Cal Raleigh agrees to terms w/@Mariners for $854k (pick 90 value = $632,700), pending physical. Florida State C, solid raw power, gets the job done w/arm & receiving skills. That's all the money Seattle had without exceeding its bonus pool. @MLBDraft— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 6, 2018
Correction from an earlier tweet: Cal has not signed his contract with the Mariners.— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) July 6, 2018
At the 5 p.m. deadline, MLB.com's draft tracker reported Raleigh had signed for the reported amount.
MLB.com's Greg Johns reported after the deadline that Raleigh had signed and passed his physical, and reported Raleigh will begin his professional career with the short-season Everett AquaSox.
Dipoto says Florida State catcher Cal Raleigh (third round draft pick) passed his physical in Arizona and signed prior to the 2 pm deadline today. He'll work out in Peoria for awhile and then report to Everett.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) July 6, 2018
The North Carolina native finishes his FSU career slashing .282/.394/.492 and posted career highs in batting average (.326), home runs (13) and RBI (54) this year for the Noles.
Raleigh was taken with the 90th overall pick by Seattle in last month's MLB draft.