The Oakland A’s were slow to begin negotiations with Boomer Biegalski as the organization focused on signing its top-round selections from last month’s amateur draft.
But once the A’s initiated discussions with Florida State’s sophomore ace pitcher and 14th-round selection on Wednesday, a deal was struck in less than 36 hours.
Biegalski, who was draft-eligible due to his age – he turns 21 on July 13 – signed with Oakland Thursday night.
The former Chile High standout and All-Big Bend Player of the Year (2013) will report to the organization’s spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona, on Monday.
“It was a really tough decision,” Biegalski told the Tallahassee Democrat Friday.
“You have FSU, a really great program and to have a scholarship to play there is an honor. It didn’t help that I was having to wait a little bit, waiting to see what all happened, so that made it even more tougher.
“Once we had contact with Oakland, it happened quickly. Up until the point we started talking, it was very tough.”
Biegalski, a slender right hander who signed with the Seminoles following one season at junior college (College of Central Florida), emerged as the Seminoles’ ace in his first season.
Biegalski, known for control and dancing change-up, went 7-5 with a 3.17 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 108 innings pitched.
He was named the ACC Tournament’s MVP as he posted a 2-0 record and allowed no runs on five hits in 11 innings pitched in the tourney. Biegalski also made his first relief appearance of the season, throwing 4.2 shutout innings in the title win over N.C. State.
He was the workhorse of the Seminoles’ staff, throwing 37 more innings than fellow starters redshirt junior Mike Compton and freshman Drew Carlton.
FSU coach Mike Martin had mixed emotions when he learned Biegalski had signed.
“We are obviously disappointed that Boomer has decided to turn professional after his sophomore year but we are also very proud for him and his family that he is getting the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream,” Martin said.
“I personally just wish that dream could have been on hold for one more year.”
Biegalski reportedly received a signing bonus of $300,000, above-slot for his placement in the draft.
Biegalski admitted the lag time between the draft and discussions with the A’s was difficult. July 17th is the deadline for amateur draft selections to sign.
“As it went on and I wasn’t hearing, I was starting to lean towards school,” Biegalski said. “But I finally heard from them, I received what I was asking for, and it all fell into place from there.”
The A’s last year drafted and signed FSU juniors John Nogowski (34th round) and Jose Brizuela (16th round).
As a senior at Chiles in 2013, Biegalski led the Timberwolves in wins, innings pitched, shutouts, complete games, strikeouts and ERA.
He went 8-4 with a 2.86 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 110 innings at the College of Central Florida, leading the Patriots to the state tourney.
Biegalski made 18 appearances with 17 starts for the Seminoles.
He opened the season as the Seminoles’ Saturday night starter but worked his way into the Friday night role following an injury to Compton.
“It was an awesome year and I couldn’t thank them enough,” Biegalski said of his season at FSU.
“They did so much for me and we had a great season. We won the ACC Tournament. And I met some really great guys on that team, playing with a first-rounder in DJ (Stewart, who signed with the Baltimore Orioles). It was a dream come true.
“And I am definitely excited to get to that (professional) part of my career and hopefully (advance) from there.”