Just over a week after selecting him sixth overall in the MLB Draft, the Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday they have agreed to sign North Davidson High School outfielder Austin Beck.
Beck–who previously committed to stay in-state and play college ball for head coach Mike Fox at UNC–will instead receive a signing bonus of more than $5.3 million from Oakland to begin his pro career right away.
In 28 games as a senior at North Davidson this past season, Beck hit for an eye-popping .590 batting average with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs.
The Associated Press also reported that Beck hit two home runs in his first round of batting practice at the Oakland Coliseum.
He will report to Arizona on Wednesday to play in the rookie league–which will represent the first step in his blossoming young career.