After a season that could be called "trying" at best, and "a harrowing, Kafka-esque journey through the dark recesses of the mind" at worst, RHP Tyler Ferguson's million dollar arm is apparently worth one fifth of that.
Ferguson (pictured below) became the first member of the 2015 Vanderbilt Commodore baseball team to sign a pro contract, as the 6th rounder agreed to terms on a $200,000 bonus with the Texas Rangers. It's an under slot deal, but, more than that, Ferguson represents a great value lottery ticket of sorts. Even with his horrid case of Rick Ankielitis this year, Turd Ferson can throw 96mph+ and spike a curve with the best of them. That's a high end major league arm - at the very least a back of the bullpen guy - if their minor league development staff can help him put it all together. In short, Ferguson represents the Platonic ideal of the term "boom or bust," and the Rangers are taking a calculated, and in my opinion, smart risk in signing him.
It's an oversized hat. It's funny.
2015 MLB Draft Signings Tracker (Vanderbilt Edition):
39th. CHC John Kilichowski - LHP Vanderbilt