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Seigler set to sign with Yankees on Saturday, forgo college


Anthony Seigler had made it be known — almost from the moment he found out he was drafted by the New York Yankees — that he wanted to get started on his journey to the big leagues.

It's of little surprise then that Seigler's camp seems to have breezed through contract negotiations with the Bronx Bombers.

Wednesday night, Seigler said he's set to sign with the Yankees at the slot value of $2.8159 million. The recent Cartersville graduate said he'll head down to Tampa, Florida, today, undergo a physical Friday and, assuming the physical goes well, sign with New York on Saturday.

The Yankees chose Seigler with the No. 23 pick in the first round of the MLB draft Monday night. Since then, it's been an absolute whirlwind for the catcher, who will turn 19 on June 20.

Through all the interviews with New York's media and national outlets, including a live interview  on SportsCenter Tuesday morning, his mind keeps coming back to that night in Secaucus, New Jersey, when his entire life changed with one announcement from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

"I'm still on the high from that draft," Seigler said over the phone Wednesday. "It's just still in my mind. I keep asking myself, 'Did that really happen?' It's been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. Just being able to go through it, that process, I enjoyed every moment of it. It's just so exciting."

Should he sign with New York, Seigler will forgo his chance to play collegiate baseball for the Florida Gators. Although, he'll likely be immediately assigned to the Gulf Coast League Yankees that ironically call Tampa home, meaning Seigler will still get to ply his trade in the Sunshine State.

Seigler made sure to leave the Peach State on a high. He went 3-for-8 with three walks, four runs scored and two RBIs in the championship series. The switch-hitter also homered from the right side in his final high school at bat.

It capped a truly incredible state tournament that helped push Seigler into the first round. He hit to a phenomenal slash line of .567/.723/1.433 in 12 games. In that span, he had 17 hits, including four doubles, two triples and six home runs. For good measure, he drew 16 walks, scored 20 runs and drove in 15 runs.

Just two weeks ago, Seigler wrapped up his time with Cartersville. Now, he's days away from embarking on the toughest of journeys in hopes of reaching the majors.

Eventually, the gravity of what's transpired this week will sink in for Seigler. Maybe it will come when he puts pen to paper and joins the Yankees organization. Or perhaps it will come when he returns to New York to be formally introduced.

One thing's for certain: It hasn't sank in yet.

"No, it hasn't," Seigler said. "I keep asking myself, did it really happen? … All this just feels like a dream right now. I'm just grateful to go through it."