The deadline for drafted players with amateur eligibility remaining to sign a pro contract was July 15th, but that date meant little to the six Ohio State players who were selected in 2016. All six had agreed to terms far in advance of that day, and have already gotten their professional careers started.
Ronnie Dawson, who was selected 61st overall by the Houston Astros, agreed to a deal for the slot value of his pick, which was $1,056,800. He was assigned to the Astros short-season Single-A team in the New York Penn League, the Tri-City Valley Cats, and has had his struggles. In 30 games thus far entering the weekend, the All-American selection is slashing just .178/.328/.346, but has shown his power potential with three doubles, five home runs, and 16 RBIs.
Joining Dawson in the draft's first ten rounds was Troy Montgomery, who went in the eighth round to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The 246th pick overall, Montgomery signed for just under slot value of $177,000 at $150,000. With the Orem Owlz of the Pioneer Rookie League, the speedy outfielder had a slash line of .341/.453/.557 in 26 games, with three doubles, two triples, four homers, 17 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases, and earned a promotion to the Class-A Burlington Bees on July 20th.
In the 19th round, Jacob Bosiokovic was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 560th overall pick, and signed for a $40,000 bonus. Assigned to short-season Class-A ball with the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League, Bosiokovic has acquitted himself well in his first 31 pro games, slashing .342/.440/.54 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 18 RBIs, and 11 steals. The power is still there, but so are the strikeouts, as he is averaging nearly 1.3 of those per game.
Left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei was next off the board, going to the Chicago White Sox in the 21st round with the 626th pick. The numbers for his deal have not been reported, though as a senior with no amateur eligibility remaining and little leverage, it was likely below the $100,000 slot value for the pick. Horejsei was assigned to the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer Rookie League, and did not allow a run in his firsteight appearances covering 12.2 innings, holding opponents to a .250 batting average, sporting a 1.11 WHIP and a 5.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That performance earned him a promotion to the Class-A Kannapolis Intimidators on July 20th, where in his first appearance he tossed another 1.1 scoreless innings.
Following Horejsei in 23rd round was 2016 co-captain Nick Sergakis, who was taken with the 700th pick by the New York Mets and received a $5,000 signing bonus. While slashing .245/.336/.357 with five doubles, two home runs, and nine RBIs, Sergakis has already had two personal highlights with the short-season Class-A Brooklyn Cyclones, tying a franchise record with a five hit game on June 17th and being involved in the franchise's first triple play on July 10th.
The last of the six Ohio State players drafted in 2016 was standout starting pitcher Tanner Tully, who was selected in the 26th round by the Cleveland Indians with the 782nd pick and signed for a $100,000 bonus. Pitching for the short-season Class-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the lefty has made five bullpen appearances covering 12 innings, and has allowed just a single earned run. That makes for an ERA of 0.75, and with a batting average against of .174 to go along with a 0.83 WHIP, Tully is off to a fast start in his pro career.