C.J. Abrams is officially a Padre.
The former Blessed Trinity shortstop agreed to a $5.2 million signing bonus — about $500,000 less than the allotted value for a No. 6 draft pick — and reported to San Diego minicamp Monday.
Abrams, a speedy 6-foot-1 shortstop, hit .431 with three home runs, 42 runs scored and 27 RBI and helped lead Blessed Trinity to a Class AAAA semifinal finish. He took Gatorade Player of the Year honors of Georgia.
The sixth overall pick in the 2019 baseball draft was committed to play college baseball at Alabama.
“I just want to get to the bigs as fast as I can,” Abrams said at his introductory press conference in San Diego. “I’m going to work hard, do what I can to get there and help the Padres win a World Series.”
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