The prep pitcher was solid to TCU, saying it would take something borderline ridiculous to pry him away. Enter the Blue Jays...
Top TCU recruit Adam Kloffenstein, a right-handed pitcher from Magnolia High School, was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 88 overall pick in the third round of the major league draft Tuesday afternoon.
Two sources confirmed the Blue Jays are offering Kloffenstein a first-round level signing bonus of about $2.5 million, and he will forgo his commitment to TCU.
The slotted amount for the No. 88 spot is just over $650,000. The Blue Jays are offering almost $2 million more than that.
Baker will be better than this B+ grade.
Compensation Pick (No. 75 Overall): Luken Baker, 1B, TCU
A legitimate Day 1 prospect as a pitcher in the 2015 draft, Baker fell to the 37th round with an iron-clad commitment to TCU. Injuries have derailed him on the mound, but his hulking 6’4”, 265-pound frame and plus power have still made him an early pick as a first baseman. So the Cardinals walk away with two of the top power bats in the class and a polished college arm. Not too shabby.
It’s so weird to see the Frogs in the mix for... sophomores.
“It was awesome to go down there for the experience and compete against the great athletes,” he said. “I think the coaches were pretty impressed; I was happy with my performance.”
The 5-foot-7, 145-pounder has plenty of familiarity with TCU’s program; his older brother Bryson Burtnett played for the Frogs from 2013-2015 as a tight end. Maddux has spent plenty of time thinking of what it would be like to be recruited by the same program as his brother.
“I’ve been around them since Bryson was a senior in high school. I was running on that field thinking maybe one day I could be there,” Maddux said. “It’s awesome; I’ve always dreamed of following my brother’s footsteps there. TCU is awesome; they treated him well and he had a great experience.”
Not much news on the suit, but those billable hours are certainly coming through.
So far, the $1 million suit and TCU’s separate suit are piling up attorney fees.
The Fort Worth law firm McDonald Sanders, which is representing TCU, did $30,000 worth of work to fight a motion of dismissal brought by Listenbee’s attorney, which was originally filed in March. The firm, however, is looking to be compensated for the fees and wants Listenbee’s lawyer to pay for it.
According to court documents obtained by the Star-Telegram, McDonald Sanders is requesting that Listenbee’s lawyers pay the $29,891.25 in legal fees after a judge denied Cooper’s motion to dismiss TCU’s lawsuit for declaratory relief.