It came down to the final minutes, but Seneca High School graduate Kevin Comer officially became a professional baseball player Monday night.
Taken with the 57th overall pick in June’s amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, many thought the tall right hander with the rocket arm would be unsignable.
Comer had already committed to attend Vanderbilt University on a full scholarship, leaving many teams to not take the chance on drafting him.
But with 10 minutes left before the deadline to sign, Comer and the Blue Jays reached a deal, agreeing on a $1.65 million signing bonus.
“It feels good, I’m happy it’s over with,” Comer said after the negotiations finally wrapped up.
“It was fun while it lasted, but it got to be real stressful and it’s good to be over.”
The Blue Jays’ first round pick, Tyler Beede of Massachusetts, also committed to pitch for Vanderbilt. But Beede and the Jays failed to reach a deal before the deadline.
Comer thought he would be in the same boat, as the two sides seemed to be at a standstill.
At the last minute, Toronto upped their offer to Comer to $1.65 million, possibly due to the fact that they realized they would not be signing Beede.
“The way they were offering, I thought it was going to be school,” said Comer. “But things turned around in the very end. I just couldn’t turn it down.”
Comer finished his senior year with a 6-0 record and a state Group 3 title with the Golden Eagles.
The next pitch he throws will be as a professional, most likely in the Rookie League in Florida.