Former Bishop Gorman High School first baseman/pitcher Jeff Malm said Thursday he has agreed in principle on a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, who selected him in the fifth round of June’s draft.
Malm said in a text message the Rays have reported the deal to the commissioner’s office and are waiting for approval before he can officially sign it, which “should happen within the next couple days.”
The deadline to sign is Monday.
The decision means Malm, the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year, will not play with Gorman’s American Legion team in the World Series, which begins Friday in Fargo, N.D.
Malm hit .421 in 39 games this summer to help Gorman, playing as the Southern Nevada Titans, to a Western Regional title. The 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound left-hander also served recently as the team’s closer.