The Marlins have agreed to terms with first-round pick Colin Moran, according to this tweet from Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel:
Source: #Marlins and sixth overall pick Colin Moran have agreed to terms for slot bonus.— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) July 11, 2013
According to Rodriguez, the deal is believed to be for the assigned slot value of the sixth overall pick at $3,516,500. It marks just the third time in the franchise's history that they have shelled out more than $3 million for a draft pick, with the others being Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez. One can only hope that Moran's career trajectory follows that of Beckett and Gonzalez.
Moran hit .348/.447/.557 for North Carolina last season and had one season of eligibility remaining, though he ultimately decided to sign with Miami before tomorrow's 5 p.m. signing deadline. Moran is likely to be sent to Batavia of the New York Penn League, where he'll begin his career with the Fish alongside several other members of the Marlins' 2013 draft class.
I'd expect the Marlins to keep Moran with the Muckdogs for the remainder of the season, even if he's raking. It'll be all about getting him professional at-bats before they can fully evaluate the speed with which they want to advance Moran through the organization.