Hundreds of thousands of them.
Taylor, the 18-year-old Portsmouth High School standout and 15th-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, will be on an afternoon plane to Arizona on Tuesday, reporting to his new job just four days after his high school graduation.
His decision to sign with the Rangers Monday capped a year-long weighing of the benefits of college at Division I power Vanderbilt, where he had more than half a full athletic scholarship waiting, versus jumping right into a career in the minor leagues.
By signing a pro contract, he loses his eligibility to play college baseball.
“There’s been a ton of thought put into this,” said Taylor, a Greenland resident, on Monday night. “My parents, my agent, my family. Now that it’s done, there’s zero regrets. … I think (my parents) might be more excited than I am.”
His agent, Jim Munsey, said the total financial package, between his signing bonus and money for college, which he can use within two years of his retirement from professional baseball, is more than $600,000.
“It’s not the typical process to get this kind of money,” said Munsey. “It just took a little bit longer.”
Taylor’s path, to a certain degree, mirrors the one followed by St. Thomas Aquinas outfielder Ryan McKenna, who signed after the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in the fourth round in 2015, forgoing his scholarship to Liberty (Va.) University.
Munsey said that Taylor will be assigned to the Rangers’ Arizona Rookie League team in Surprise, Ariz., a spring training facility they share with the Kansas City Royals. The team is comprised largely of high school draft picks and Dominican players.
‘The idea is (for him) to get to full-season (Single-A) ball next year,” said Munsey.
The Rangers’ Single-A affiliates are located in Spokane, Wash. (short-season); Hickory, N.C.; and Adelanto, Calif (advanced).
Taylor wrapped up his high school career in anti-climatic fashion last week, his team losing to Souhegan, 2-1, in the Division II championship game. Between a season-opening seven-game suspension and a broken thumb, he batted just 12 times, getting one hit. A center fielder whose tools include a strong arm, speed, hitting and hitting for power, he’d been named to Division II All-State teams in each of his first three years.
He was hoping to be picked within the first 10 rounds of the draft, where signing bonuses are generally larger, though the seven-figure ones dry up after the first few rounds. Munsey said the New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers were the other teams showing strong interest in drafting the potentially-signable Taylor.
Rounds 10-15 are a gray area for drafted players, especially ones with a strong college option. If the money isn’t right, they can opt to go to college and become draft-eligible again a few years down the road.
But there’s also a clock in baseball, with organizations typically having more patience with 18-year-old draft picks than ones who are 22.
In a Seacoast region with only a handful of guys currently playing baseball professionally, the news made a splash Monday.
“I think it’s awesome; I couldn’t happier for him,” said his former Portsmouth High School teammate Kyle Maurice, after playing an American Legion game for Exeter Post 32 on Monday. “You couldn’t ask for anything better. It’s what you dream of as a kid.
“From what I got, it seemed like he wanted to go pro. But he still wanted to keep (the Vanderbilt scholarship) as an option. But it seemed like he was pretty set on going.”
“When they picked him, they said, ‘We’re picking you in the 15th round with the intention that we want to sign you,” said Munsey.
They did on Monday.
“It was definitely the best feeling I’ve ever had,” said Taylor. “Better than the draft. Better than anything.”
Vanderbilt's 2016 baseball signing class took a hit on Monday as outfielder Kobie Taylor chose to sign a professional contract with the Texas Rangers.
The 6-1, 175-pound centerfielder out of Portsmouth, Rhode Island signed for reportedly a total value of more than $600,000. His agent, Jim Munsey told Seacostonline.com on Monday night that the package includes Taylor's signing bonus and post-retirement money for college.
Named a third team Rawlings Perfect Game All-American in 2016 after being named to several all-tournament teams over the last several years.
Rangers feel they got a sleeper in Taylor
Going into his senior season at Portsmouth High in New Hampshire, Rangers 15th-round pick Kobie Taylor was viewed as the best high school prospect in the state, and one of the top prep outfielders in the country.
MaxPreps top high school baseball player in each state for 2016
Kobie Taylor, Portsmouth, 6-0, 175, Outfield
Already committed to play at Vanderbilt, Taylor has made the Division II all-state team several times Was a member of Portsmouth's state championship team in 2013.
BA New Hampshire #1. Kobie Taylor, of, Portsmouth (N.H.) HS (National Rank: 259)