The top prospects coming out of the MLB Draft, and the best amateur free agents, tend to get considerable signing bonuses when they commit their future to a team.
These bonuses often surpass $2, $3, and even $4 million.
That’s not a realistic number that the majority of aspiring major leaguers can get, however.
The “middling” prospects and the modest international signings make much less than that: $100,000, $50,000, or even less than that.
Javier is the same pitcher who threw six no-hit innings with just two walks and nine strikeouts on Wednesday night, as the Astros tied the World Series 2-2 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Houston ended up completing a World Series no-no, with a combined effort after the bullpen took over for Javier.
Can you guess how much money Javier received when he signed?
Javier Has Gone A Long Way
Very little, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
“Cristian Javier received a $10,000 signing bonus to turn pro, as the great @TMacPhils noted on the #Phillies radio broadcast. Important context on an extraordinary story,” he tweeted.
Important context on an extraordinary story.@MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 3, 2022
As a major league pitcher, his work paid off, because he is making way more than that.
The beginnings had to be hard, though.
Now, Javier is a legitimate major league star, having finished the regular season with a 2.54 ERA in 148.2 frames.
He struck out an amazing 194 hitters in those 148.2 innings, mainly using an excellent “rising” fastball and a phenomenal slider.
In the postseason, he has a 0.71 ERA in 12.2 innings, so it’s fair to say he has been the best and most reliable Astros starter so far.
What a story he has been.