Baseball America's Jim Callis tweeted that the Royals have come to terms with third round selection Bryan Brickhouse on a $1.5 million contract. This easily marks the highest signing amount the club has given out thus far in the 2011 major league baseball draft.
Brickhouse, a 6'2' 190 lb right-handed pitcher comes from The Woodlands, Texas and signed with the Royals instead of accepting a scholarship to North Carolina. He fastball was clocked at 92 during the summer of 2010, and has stretched that to a reported mid 90's fastball in recent months.
Perfect Game named him the 12th best overall prospect in the state of Texas, which included both high school and college players. If you were to just look at high school players, Brickhouse was ranked the second best high school pitcher, only trailing Kyle Crick who was a first round sandwich pick by the Giants.
The Woodlands is a high school program known for pitching talent as Kyle Drabek and Jameson Taillon are both alums of the school.
The recommended slot for were Brickhouse was chosen was $358,200. Clearly the Royals spending $1.5 million is an indication they remain serious about developing and maintaining a talented farm system.