Shortstop to report to Padres' rookie affiliate

Updated: June 9, 2004, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Shortstop Matt Bush, the first player taken in baseball's amateur draft, signed a deal with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday that includes a $3.15 million signing bonus.

"This is a great day for both the Padres and Matt Bush," scouting director Bill Gayton said. "It's always a goal to sign as many of your top selections as possible and now, just a day after completing the draft, we're off to a tremendous start."

Bush, who starred at San Diego's Mission Bay High School, was the first high school shortstop taken with the top pick since Seattle selected Alex Rodriguez in 1993. He also was only the second San Diego native to be selected by the Padres with their No. 1 pick.

Bush is expected to take batting practice with the Padres prior to their home game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday, then report to the Padres' rookie-level affiliate in Peoria, Ariz., two days later.


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