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The three new millionaires were wide-eyed. They toured the Florida Marlins' clubhouse for the first time, donned crisp major-league jerseys with their names stitched across the back and walked on the team's home diamond.

 

Now, the trick for the Marlins' first-round draft picks - high school pitchers Chris Volstad and Aaron Thompson, plus college pitcher Jacob Marceaux - will be finding their way back to big-league surroundings.

 

"We talked about that when we were down on the field," said Volstad, a 6-foot-7 product of Palm Beach Gardens High, about an hour north of the Marlins' home stadium. "Hopefully in a couple years, we'll be down here together in the starting rotation for the big-league team."

 

The trio signed their contracts with the club in Miami on Thursday and begin their pro careers Friday, when Volstad and Thompson report to the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate in nearby Jupiter and Marceaux heads for Jamestown, N.Y. and the Marlins' team in the New York-Penn League.

 

Volstad, the No. 16 overall pick, received a $1.6 million signing bonus. Thompson, who was taken six slots later, got about $1.4 million and Marceaux, the 29th overall selection, got about $1.1 million in bonus money.

 

"It's not just every day that you throw around this type of dollars to an individual," Marlins president David Samson said. "It has to matter. It has to be meaningful to the family, it has to be meaningful to the athlete and it has to be meaningful to the people in the baseball department. And we're incredibly happy."

 

Volstad was 8-3 with a 0.79 ERA, 107 strikeouts and 12 walks in his senior season. Thompson had nearly identical numbers; 8-3, 0.84 ERA this spring at Houston Second Baptist High. Marceaux was 6-5 with a 3.05 ERA for McNeese State in 2005, striking out 105 batters in 100 1-3 innings.

 

"Adding pitching to your organization is paramount to success," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins' vice president of player development and scouting. "It all starts with pitching."

 

Playing in Jupiter won't be much of a change for Volstad; the Marlins' facility there is about five minutes from his home. Thompson, however, won't have that luxury - but is looking forward to getting started.

 

"I'm ready to go out and compete," Thompson said. "I feel like I can compete at any level. Whatever the challenge, I've tried to always rise up. And I look forward to the challenges that'll come my way."

 

Marceaux, a native of Jennings, La., said the Marlins' track record of harvesting homegrown talent piqued his interest.

 

Three current members of Florida's rotation - Josh Beckett, A.J. Burnett and Dontrelle Willis - are all products of the team's farm system.

 

"Those guys came up through the system rather quick, and that was definitely very intriguing to me about the Florida Marlins," Marceaux said. "I can't wait to get out there and start working with these guys."

 

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"Adding pitching to your organization is paramount to success," said Jim Fleming, the Marlins' vice president of player development and scouting. "It all starts with pitching."

 

I think this quote is for you all guys who were disappointed with the lack of position players pick early on :p

 

this Great News :thumbup

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here they are

 

Jacob L Marceaux R/R 6'1" 195 02/14/1984 1 RHP 06/16/2005

Aaron M Thompson L/L 6'3" 195 02/28/1987 1 LHP 06/16/2005

Ryan C Tucker R/R 6'2" 190 12/06/1986 1 RHP -

Sean E West L/L 6'8" 200 06/15/1986 1 LHP -

Christopher K Volstad R/R 6'7" 190 09/23/1986 1 RHP 06/16/2005

Bryan K Harvey R/R 6'2" 195 01/05/1984 2 OF -

Brett G Hayes R/R 6'1" 200 02/13/1984 2 C -

Matthew R Goyen R/L 6'5" 220 01/19/1983 3 LHP -

Gabriel Sanchez R/R 6'2" 225 09/02/1983 4 C -

Kyle P Winters R/R 6'4" 190 04/22/1987 5 RHP -

James Guerrero R/R 5'7" 175 06/08/1984 6 2B -

Christopher A Leroux L/R 6'6" 210 04/14/1984 7 RHP -

Aaron Bates R/R 6'4" 230 03/10/1984 8 1B -

James M Brauer R/R 6'4" 210 07/16/1982 9 RHP -

Cody C Allen R/R 6'2" 185 09/19/1986 10 3B -

Andrew G Jenkins R/R 5'11" 200 07/23/1983 11 1B -

Kyle A Marlatt R/R 6'3" 205 02/10/1983 12 RHP -

Jeffrey Van Houten R/R 5'10" 188 11/14/1982 13 RF -

Travis G Talbott L/L 5'11" 175 05/23/1982 14 LHP -

Paul A Witt R/R 5'11" 180 12/08/1982 15 SS -

Jonathon Lewis R/R 6'0" 190 05/16/1983 16 RHP -

Zac S Mccamie R/R 6'3" 205 09/28/1982 17 RHP -

Nathan Padgett R/R 6'1" 200 01/16/1983 18 SS -

Adam Wood L/L 6'0" 190 07/12/1982 19 LHP -

Rafael L Galbizo R/R 6'1" 185 02/18/1985 20 RHP -

Collin Roberson R/R 6'5" 205 07/15/1983 21 LF -

Justis L Morrison L/L 6'2" 205 08/25/1987 22 1B -

Justin E Webb R/R 6'0" 170 11/05/1982 23 C -

Matthew Kutler L/L 6'1" 195 02/26/1982 24 LF -

Blake Jones R/R 6'5" 220 04/15/1981 25 RHP -

Scott E Lindeen R/R 6'3" 205 12/26/1981 26 RHP -

Jason Jarrett R/R 6'5" 195 05/29/1982 27 RHP -

Michael Thomasson S/R 6'4" 190 11/07/1984 28 RF -

Malcolm J Wesson L/L 6'5" 185 01/30/1986 29 LHP -

Christopher J Haupt R/R 6'0" 200 05/18/1987 30 C -

Matthew D Jones L/L 5'11" 165 02/07/1987 31 LHP -

Adalberto Flores R/R 6'7" 0 11/04/1986 32 RHP -

Adam J Howard R/R 6'2" 195 10/03/1985 33 C -

Adam Abraham R/R 6'0" 190 03/27/1987 34 3B -

Jacob Taylor R/R 6'1" 175 10/30/1986 35 C -

Sean C Boatright R/R 6'0" 190 06/10/1983 36 LF -

Joshua Short R/R 6'2" 220 04/01/1987 37 RF -

Steven Pujol L/L 6'4" 195 02/01/1987 38 LHP -

Jonathan Prevost R/R 6'2" 185 01/31/1987 39 LF -

Eric Basurto R/R 6'3" 200 04/17/1986 40 RHP -

Luis Ramos L/R 6'2" 180 03/10/1987 41 CF -

David Woods R/R 6'2" 185 12/17/1986 42 C -

Zachary W Barrett R/R 6'5" 210 08/27/1985 43 3B -

Ryan Pollard R/L 6'3" 185 07/25/1985 44 LHP -

Brady Decker R/R 6'4" 170 07/25/1986 45 RHP -

Stephen Schneider L/L 6'5" 215 08/25/1985 46 1B -

Dustin Kaats R/R 6'0" 180 12/18/1986 47 2B -

Christopher M Bodishbaugh R/R 6'3" 190 10/02/1984 48 RHP -

James Wallace R/R 6'2" 190 10/09/1986 49 RHP -

Jared Banks R/R 6'0" 195 04/26/1984 50 RHP -

 

 

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hahaha, Aaron Thompson has Leiter's number :lol

 

 

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The FO isn't planning to retire Leiter's number? Go figure. :blink:

 

I suppose they don't believe Thompson will make the bigs during Leiter's tenure. Good thinking.

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Ya know it might just be me here but if you take into considerations the position we picked these players

16

22

29

And then look at their jerseys, you MIGHT see a coorelation. But thats just me. :whistle

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hahaha, Aaron Thompson has Leiter's number :lol

 

 

812814[/snapback]

 

The FO isn't planning to retire Leiter's number? Go figure. :blink:

 

I suppose they don't believe Thompson will make the bigs during Leiter's tenure. Good thinking.

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Ya know it might just be me here but if you take into considerations the position we picked these players

16

22

29

And then look at their jerseys, you MIGHT see a coorelation. But thats just me. :whistle

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Nice observation. :thumbup

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Guest Fritz

hahaha, Aaron Thompson has Leiter's number :lol

 

 

812814[/snapback]

 

The FO isn't planning to retire Leiter's number? Go figure. :blink:

 

I suppose they don't believe Thompson will make the bigs during Leiter's tenure. Good thinking.

812914[/snapback]

Ya know it might just be me here but if you take into considerations the position we picked these players

16

22

29

And then look at their jerseys, you MIGHT see a coorelation. But thats just me. :whistle

812921[/snapback]

 

 

Nice observation. :thumbup

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Was it really that hard to figure out?

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Outside of the signing bonus, what do they get paid?

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Minor leaguers all get the same amount. Signing bonus is the only difference.

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Guest Juanky

so whats the correlation with the numbers? i just dont see ti

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They were drafted 16th, 22nd, and 29th overall, respectively.

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Guest Fritz

Outside of the signing bonus, what do they get paid?

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Minor leaguers all get the same amount. Signing bonus is the only difference.

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That number being?

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Outside of the signing bonus, what do they get paid?

812841[/snapback]

Minor leaguers all get the same amount. Signing bonus is the only difference.

812958[/snapback]

That number being?

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The Major League Baseball office handles minor league contracts. It states:

 

"First contract season: $850/month maximum. After that, open to negotiation

 

Alien Salary Rates: Different for aliens on visas--mandated by INS (Immigration).

 

Triple-A--First year: $2,150/month, after first year no less than $2,150/month

 

Class AA-First year: $1,500/month, after first year no less than $1,500/month

 

Class A (full season)--First year: $1,050/month, after first year no

less than $1,050/month

 

Class A (short-season)--First year: $850/month, after first year no

less than $850/month

 

Dominican & Venezuelan Summer Leagues--no lower than $300/month

 

Meal Money: $20 per day at all levels, while on the road"

 

 

 

Most of them aren't living high on the hog that's for sure.

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