6/14/2014 10:20 P.M. ET
D-backs sign 19 draftees, close on top selection
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs announced that they have agreed to terms with 19 of their 42 picks from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, and they have also reached agreement with some that they have not yet announced.
MLB.com's Jim Callis confirmed that the D-backs have reached an agreement with second-round pick Cody Reed for $1,034,500.
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said Saturday the team is close to agreeing with first-round pick Touki Toussaint, with scouting director Ray Montgomery handling the negotiations.
"Touki I think is very close right now," Towers said. "I think it's some minor things that Ray is still working on with his adviser. Pretty optimistic we'll get something done here shortly. Once we do that, then we're going to want to make sure we get him checked out medically to make sure he's healthy."
Toussaint was the No. 16 overall pick, which carries with it a $2,338,200 value.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement, which assigns a value to each pick, has led to teams signing their Draft selections quickly, something that was not the case when Towers was a scouting director for the Padres more than 20 years ago.
"Nowadays you get them out playing and a lot of these deals are done within 48 hours of selecting them," Towers said. "It's nice to get them out and get them where they get a full half-season. Where when I did it in the '90s, I was chasing guys around still in July and August trying to sign them."
Cahill to continue working on form at Triple-A
LOS ANGELES -- D-backs general manager Kevin Towers had trusted aide Bill Gayton in Visalia to watch Trevor Cahill's Class A outing Thursday night.
"Shaky first inning, better second inning," Towers said of the report he received. "They're working on some things mechanically with him with his hands and where he puts his hands. You know he hit two guys with breaking balls and gave up a home run."
Cahill allowed four runs over two innings. He hit two batters and allowed a pair of hits.
"I'm not putting a lot into the results early," Towers said. "I'd be more concerned if there's similar results a month from now. He was erratic, similar to what we've seen. I didn't think just by sending him down all of a sudden he was going to start pounding the zone."
Cahill will start Tuesday for Triple-A Reno. Pitching guru Dave Duncan is expected to spend time with Cahill, and the team had its mental performance coach, Peter Crone, meet with Cahill as well.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.