“Pretty crazy,” Gray said. “It still hasn't hit me yet.”
Gray said he was glad the deal was done so he could turn his attention to beginning his professional career. He is the highest 2013 draft pick to sign so far — the right-hander was chosen after Stanford pitcher Mark Appel (Houston Astros) and San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs).
“It feels great. A huge relief, and I'm ready as soon as possible to go out and play,” Gray said.
He will join the Rockies' rookie league team in Grand Junction.
Baseball America reported that Gray received a $4.8 million signing bonus, below the assigned slot value of about $5.6 million but still a record for the Rockies. Their previous high was $3.9 million given to left-hander Tyler Matzek in 2009. (More at The Oklahoman)