Ceciliani, N.Y. Mets reach deal
- Joe McHaney
- Madras Pioneer - News
2008 Madras graduate will receive a $204,300 signing bonus from club
A big pay day has arrived for 2008 Madras High School graduate Darrell Ceciliani.
The standout outfielder, who was drafted by the New York Mets in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft June 10, has struck a deal with the club.
Ceciliani confirmed that he is expected to sign with the Mets this week and the terms of the agreement include a signing bonus or $204,300.
"I will be signing with the Mets Wednesday (June 24)," Ceciliani said in a phone interview. "I just finished my last final and I'm heading home for a few days before I fly out."
Ceciliani came home Monday to celebrate his 19th birthday and visit with family before he catches a plane for Tennessee, where he will begin his professional career.
"I really don't know what to expect," Ceciliani said of playing minor league baseball in Tennessee. "I'm just going to go out and work my hardest to get bigger, stronger and faster and see what happens."
The left-handed slugger led Columbia Basin Community College in slugging percentage, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, walks and runs scored in helping the Hawks to a 44-7 overall record in the wood-bat Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
"The negotiations went smoothly with the Mets," said Nik Lubisich, who is Ceciliani's MLB advisor and soon-to-be agent once the contract is officially inked. "Darrell's family really wanted to get him playing as soon as possible and that's what the Mets are going to do. We feel really good about the contract and the situation."
Ceciliani, who was the 134th overall selection in the MLB draft, is expected to kick-start his professional career with the Kingsport Mets in Tennessee, which is a Class A short-season Appalachian League.
"Darrell enters the organization as a prospect they have invested in, so the timetable for Darrell will depend on how he matures in the Mets' system," said Lubisich when asked how long it could take Darrell to play in the big league. "It will take some time, but Darrell has the skills."
Ceciliani was the highest picked Oregon player and second highest selected player in the Northwest in the 2009 draft.
"I've seen Darrell turn on a fastball and not even blink an eye, his hands and swing are so incredibly fast," Lubisich said. "Darrell will soon learn that pitchers will change speeds and it will take time to adjust to the level of play."
Ceciliani will also receive a salary in the range of $1,100-$2,200 a month in addition to travel money for road games.
""I'm just so excited that I have not even thought about the money," Ceciliani said. "I want to play baseball and I'm ready to get things going."