The Miami Marlins have agreed to a contract with fourth-round selection KJ Woods, according to a source. The 17-year old outfielder from South Carolina received a signing bonus of $459,200, which is the slot value for the 112th overall pick. Woods will begin his professional career with the Marlins' Gulf Coast League affiliate.
In three varsity seasons for Fort Mill High School in South Carolina, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder hit .359 with 13 HR and 59 RBI in 81 games. His .584 on-base percentage was especially impressive to scouts from the many different teams who looked at him, including the San Diego Padres, who he was expecting to be selected by, according to Mac Banks of the Fort Mill Times. Banks adds that the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Braves were all interested in Woods before the draft.
Woods is the eleventh Marlins selection to sign with the team, joining right-hander Colby Suggs (2nd competitive balance round, 73rd overall) and outfielder Ryan Aper (6th round, 172nd overall). The team's remaining unsigned picks include third baseman Colin Moran (1st round, 7th overall), lefty Matt Krook (1st competitive balance round, 35th overall), righty Trevor Williams (2nd round, 44th overall), and shortstop Ben DeLuzio (3rd round, 80th overall).