Better still, the family said, Suzanne Bighames was able to get the Cardinals to agree to pay for college and to pay Bighames a signing bonus about equal to what 10th-round picks received in 2008. Last year, 16 of the 21 10th-rounders who signed deals received bonuses of between $65,000 and $150,000.
Estero shortstop Tyler Bighames was selected early in the draft’s third and last day of picks. Bighames went in the 31st round (939th overall) to the St. Louis Cardinals. Bighames was committed to play at the University of Oregon, but his family told NBC2 shortly after he was drafted that he expects to sign with the Cardinals and forgo college. If so, he will report to Cardinals camp in Jupiter early next week to begin his pro career.
After two stressful days waiting to hear his phone ring, Tyler Bighames finally received his wish.