North Carolina’s Aaron Sabato (19) bats during an NCAA baseball game on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins have officially signed first round pick Aaron Sabato on Tuesday.

The slugging first baseman out of North Carolina was taken with the 27th overall pick in an abbreviated 2020 MLB Draft — despite his defensive inflexibility — and officially signed him with an above-slot signing bonus of $2.75 million.

The assigned slot value of the No. 27 selection in this year’s Draft was $2,570,100, and it’s a relatively rare occurrence for the Twins to surpass the totals set for their first-round picks — it’s something they hadn’t done in at least the last decade.

Last Thursday the organization signed Alerick Soularie and Marco Raya, two of their selections from 2020 MLB Draft.

Soularie was the club’s second-round selection with the No. 59 pick in the Draft, and he signed for a bonus of $900,000, which is below the value of $1.19 million for that selection. The outfielder was a junior at the University of Tennessee, where he slashed .336/.448/.586 with 16 homers over parts of two seasons following his freshman season at San Jacinto College.

Raya, a right-handed pitcher from Laredo, Texas, was the Twins’ fourth-round pick, and he signed for $410,000, which also puts him below the slot value of $442,900 for the No. 128 selection in the Draft. The 17-year-old was in his senior season at United South High School and was lauded by Twins evaluators for his strong mechanics and projectability as he should add more strength to his frame. Raya had committed to Texas Tech but chose to sign with the Twins instead.


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