Two Local Baseball Players Get Big Bonuses and Start Pro Careers

Two Local Baseball Players Get Big Bonuses and Start Pro Careers
In last month's Major League Baseball draft, former Richland Bomber and Washington Husky outfielder Kyle Conley was picked by St. Louis in the 7th round.

Now, Conley is ready to start his pro career.

He signed with the Cardinals earlier this week, and he's been added to the roster of the Quad City River Bandits, St. Louis's single A team.

The Bandits are playing Burlington on Thursday night...however, Conley isn't in the starting lineup.

He just wrapped up his junior season at UW, where he hit .303 with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs.

There's no word on what kind of signing bonus Conley got from the Cardinals, but based on the players drafted before and after him, it was probably around $125,000.

And while we're talking about recently drafted players, we don't want to overlook former CBC outfielder Darrell Ceciliani.

He signed with the New York Mets last week.

Now, according to a website that tracks draft bonuses, we've learned that Ceciliani got a signing bonus of just over $204,000.

Ceciliani's already played in 3 games with the single A Kingsport Mets...and he's been a little up and down.

He's gone 1-for-10 in those games with 4 strikeouts, but he's also drawn 5 walks.