MIAMI, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - JJ Bleday now wears Miami Marlins blue and his bank account now sits seven figures in the black.
The outfielder and fourth overall pick inked his first contract Friday, a $6,670,000 signing bonus worth six grand more than his draft slot.
Before speaking with reporters at Marlins Park, Bleday exchanged handshakes and hugs with Marlins dignitaries and players, warmed up in the outfield and took batting practice.
Represented by agent Scott Boras, Bleday entered Thursday as one only two of the top 66 picks who remained unsigned ahead of the Friday deadline, leaving some Marlins fans on social media concerned. However, Bleday's words on day one indicate nothing but excitement in regards to his future with the franchise.
"Oh it's been great," the Mosley alumnus and 2019 Vanderbilt national champion said. "This city does a good job of welcoming young players and young athletes. It's fun to be a part of. The weather is great, the city is great, and it's a great experience."
Friday's debut in a big league uniform at the big league park is a big deal for the 21 year old originally from Danville, Pennsylvania, but this city and this club won't be his home to start out.
Bleday will take his first cuts with the Class A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads. At least outwardly, Bleday isn't concerned about his timetable to return to South Beach.
"I try not to worry about that," he told reporters. "I'm just trying to get better on a daily basis and go with the flow and see where it takes me."
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