Updated: 06/17/2014 10:20 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 10:15 PM KSTP.com
By: KSTP Sports
The sweat he generated pitching his Mounds View Mustangs to a State Championship likely hadn't dried from his cap before Sam Hentges accepted a contract offer to become a pro baseball player.
A source with knowledge of the situation told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS' Darren Wolfson that Hentges agreed to a $700-thousand signing bonus with the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland selected Hentges in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft two weeks ago.
Hentges had a standing full scholarship offer to attend the University of Arkansas, but opted to sign with Cleveland instead - forgoing the chance to play college baseball.
It surely helped that Cleveland's contract offer was significantly higher than the assigned pick value of Hentges' draft position. Assigned pick values are devised by Major League Baseball to assign estimated values for player contracts according to where they are drafted.
The slot value for the Hentges' fourth round spot is just over $400-thousand.
Hentges' signing bonus, combined with $160-thousand intended for future college tuition costs, make his total $860-thousand signing bonus match the "slot value" for a player taken late in the second round.
Hentges pitched a complete game 5-hitter with 8 strikeouts as Mounds View defeated Eden Prairie 9-0 in the Class AAA State Championship game, giving the Mustangs back-to-back state titles.