BOISE -- Former Rocky Mountain High centerfielder Mason Smith signed with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
Mason, who was drafted by the Padres in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft last Friday, travelled to the organization's Spring Training Complex in Peoria, Arizona, early Monday morning. The 18-year-old then passed his physical on Tuesday morning and finalized his contract not long after.
Mason's father, Tim Smith, confirmed that his son received the slotted amount for the 118th overall pick in the draft, which is a signing bonus of $433,330, according to Baseball America.
Mason told me over the weekend that he would pass up his scholarship at the University of Utah and turn pro if he was selected in the top five rounds.
By signing his professional contract, Mason guarantees that his college will be covered if he wishes to attend. As part of the agreement, Major League Baseball is required to pay his tuition.
Mason also participated in his first professional practice on Tuesday. He will play in his first game on Thursday, June 20. Tim says that Mason will play in 56 games for the Padres rookie ball team and the playoffs if they make it.
If Mason were to get promoted at some point in time this season, it would likely be to San Diego's short-season Single-A afflitiate, the Tri-Cities Dust Devils.
Tri-Cities is scheduled to play in Boise against the Hawks, July 4-8.
Mason says the first thing he will purchase with his signing bonus is a new Ford F-150 Raptor.