Dodgers sign second-rounder, others

DENVER -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have completed negotiations with their second-round pick from this week's amateur draft, third baseman Alex Santana from Mariner High School in Cape Coral, Fla., giving him a $500,000 signing bonus. Santana is the son of former major league infielder Rafael Santana.

The team also reached an agreement with 16th-round pick Jeffrey Schaus, a left fielder from Clemson University; 17th-rounder Jesus Valdez, a third baseman from Oxnard Community College; and 35th-rounder Michael Thomas, a left-hander from Rider University.

Santana's bonus was $36,000 more than what the Dodgers gave last year's second-rounder, right-hander Ralston Cash of Lakeview (Ga.) Academy.

The Dodgers aren't expected to begin negotiations with their top pick, Stanford left-hander Chris Reed, at least until the Cardinal has completed its season. Stanford lost the opener of its best-of-three NCAA super regional at North Carolina on Friday, with Game 2 set for Saturday.

It wasn't clear where Santana will begin his professional career, but the Dodgers typically send most of their high school picks to the Arizona Rookie League. Both the Arizona Rookie League and the Pioneer League, where the Dodgers usually send their college picks to their Ogden, Utah, affiliate, begin play later this month.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.