Wearing a red shirt emblazoned with the team’s script W logo, South Carolina pitcher Wil Crowe officially signed with the Washington Nationals.
Crowe, a junior, was drafted in the second round with the 65th overall pick. He signed for a bonus of $946,500, according to MLB.com, right in line with the slot value for where he was selected.
“I am officially a Washington National and I’m extremely blessed to be a part of such a great organization,” Crowe wrote in a message posted to Twitter. “Ready to get the journey started.”
The one-time ace of USC’s pitching staff, Crowe suffered a ligament tear midway through the 2015 campaign that sidelined him for the remainder of that season, and all of the next. He returned from Tommy John surgery to make 15 starts as a junior, going 6-5 with a 3.41 earned run average.
Crowe was one of three USC junior pitchers drafted in the first five rounds. Clarke Schmidt was drafted in the first round by the Yankees, and signed for a bonus of $2.814 million. Tyler Johnson was drafted in the fifth round by the White Sox, and signed for a bonus of $390,000.