Rangers reach agreement with Jackson, Grimm

The Rangers have reached an agreement with Luke Jackson, the 46th overall pick in the June First-Year Player Draft. The agreement is mainly awaiting the approval of the Commissioner’s Office because the $1.6 million bonus is above recommended slot and will likely be announced before Monday’s deadlune

Jackson pitched at Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) where he was 8-1 with a 0.90 ERA while pitching his high school to the Florida Class 2A Regional Quarterfinals. Jackson has a scholarship waiting for him at the University of Miami and the Rangers have been putting the full-court press to sign him.

The Rangers are also pushing hard to sign right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm, their fifth round out of the University of Georgia who was 3-7 with a 5.49 ERA this season but has a big arm and a potential high ceiling as a prospect. That’s another deal that is awaiting clearance from the Commissioner’s Office because of the size of the bonus.

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