23 draft picks sign contracts

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DENVER — The Phillies have signed seven of their top 11 selections from last week's player draft, including their second- and third-round picks, the team said Friday.

Andrew Knapp, a catcher from the University of California, signed for $1.03 million, according to Baseball America. Cord Sandberg, a touted prospect who dropped to the third round because of signability questions, agreed to a $775,000 bonus.

Jake Sweaney, a prep catcher from Bakersfield, Calif., bypassed a scholarship to the University of Oregon to sign for $400,000. He was picked in the fourth round.

In total, the team said it has signed 23 of its 40 selections. First-round pick J.P. Crawford has yet to sign. The deadline to reach agreements with draft picks is July 13.


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