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San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - The San Diego Padres have signed shortstop Matt Bush, the first player taken in this year's draft. The deal includes a $3.15 million signing bonus. "This is a great day for both the Padres and Matt Bush," scouting director Bill Gayton said. "It's always a goal to sign as many of your top selections as possible and now, just a day after completing the draft, we're off to a tremendous start."

Bush, a local guy, was the first high school shortstop taken with the top pick since the Seattle Mariners selected Alex Rodriguez in 1993. He is also just the second San Diego native to be selected by the Padres with their No. 1 pick.

Bush batted .447 with 11 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases in his senior season at Mission Bay High School. He also compiled a 9-1 record with a 0.42 ERA and 91 strikeouts as a pitcher.

Bush is expected to report to the Padres ' rookie-level affiliate in Peoria, Arizona later this week.

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