Carl Albert’s Gavin LaValley made a quick decision, and it didn’t go the way the Oklahoma Sooners had hoped.
The first baseman officially signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, just days after being selected in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year confirmed via text message Tuesday that he had already reported to the Reds days after telling MLB.com he intended to sign with the team.
MLB.com reports that LaValley signed for $525,000, well over the slot assignment of $411,900.
He hit .539 with 19 home runs and 75 RBIs last season. The Reds picked him at No. 125 overall.