UGA pitcher Cole Wilcox hits jackpot with record-breaking $3.3 million bonus

UGA had two pitchers earn really nice bonuses this month

UGA pitcher Cole Wilcox didn’t get selected in the first round of first round of this month’s MLB draft.

But the right-hander with a fastball clocked at 100 mph sure got paid as if he was drafted that high.

On Tuesday, Wilcox broke the MLB record for a signing bonus for a third-round pick by signing for $3.3 million bonus with the San Diego Padres, per multiple reports.

Earlier this month, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder was drafted in third round at No. 80 overall. His “jackpot” of a bonus was more than four times the recommended bonus of $767,400 for the No. 80 spot, per the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jeff Sanders.

Wilcox’s payday broke the bonus record for a third-rounder of $3 million, ironically paid by the Padres to another player from last year’s draft.

Last spring before UGA’s baseball season was canceled, Wilcox showed the scouts his all-star potential – striking out 32 batters in 23 innings with a 1.57 earned run average.

The Bulldogs had arguably the best pitching staff in the NCAA, as fellow Bulldogs pitcher Emerson Hancock was drafted No. 6 overall. Hancock signed for a $5.7 million bonus.

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