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LOS ANGELES — The Major League Baseball draft is not about name recognition or instant gratification. No prospect has played in a bowl game or busted a bracket in March. Even for the top choices, the dimmer lights of the minor leagues await.

On Sunday, though, the draft began with a rare flurry of the familiar. The sons of two decorated outfielders from the 2000s, Matt Holliday and Andruw Jones, were taken with the first two picks — and a pitcher rejected by the Mets last year followed them.

The Baltimore Orioles used the first pick on Jackson Holliday, a shortstop from Stillwater High School in Oklahoma, who joins the Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1987) as the only other son of a major leaguer to be taken first overall. The Arizona Diamondbacks then chose Druw Jones, an outfielder from Wesleyan High School in Georgia, before the Texas Rangers grabbed the right-hander Kumar Rocker.

Rocker has been a phenomenon for years; as a freshman at Vanderbilt University in 2019, he threw a no-hitter in the N.C.A.A. tournament on his way to a College World Series title. In three seasons, he went 28-10 with a 2.89 E.R.A., averaging 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The Mets took him 10th overall last summer.


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Their interest dimmed because of concerns about Rocker’s right arm, and while he has since had minor shoulder surgery, he was pitching well for an independent league team this season. He stands to benefit financially from the ordeal; the slotted value for the third pick in this draft is $7.59 million, about $3 million more than the value of his draft slot last year.

The Mets received the 11th overall pick on Sunday as compensation for failing to sign Rocker, and they used it on Kevin Parada, a sophomore catcher from Georgia Tech. Parada, a right-handed batter, hit .361 with 26 homers in 2022, earning the Buster Posey Award as the nation’s top college catcher.

“I want to win, I’m a leader, I can hit,” Parada said, when asked to describe himself as a player. He said he aspired to be like Posey and the Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto, the catchers he most admired.

“I grew up being a catcher,” he said. “I’ve played multiple positions throughout my career, but catching’s been my home.”

Parada said he had also played the outfield and corner infield positions. That versatility could help with the Mets, whose top prospect, according to, is also a 20-year-old catcher: Francisco Álvarez, who is now with Class AAA Syracuse.

The Mets used their regular first-round choice, No. 14 overall, on Jett Williams, a 5-foot-8, right-handed-hitting shortstop from Rockwall-Heath High School outside Dallas. Williams said he modeled himself after similarly undersized stars like Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts and Alex Bregman, and was thrilled to be chosen by the Mets.


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“I actually lived in New York when I was 2 to 4,” said Williams, who lived on Long Island in Port Jefferson while his father studied at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine. “Happy to come back home and can’t wait to go to work.”

The Yankees picked 25th overall and chose Spencer Jones, a 6-foot-7, left-handed-hitting junior outfielder from Vanderbilt. Jones hit .370 with 12 home runs, a 1.103 on-base plus slugging percentage and 14 stolen bases in 2022.

The middle of the first round included two other players whose fathers played in the majors: Justin Crawford, a speedy, left-handed-hitting outfielder from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, went to the Philadelphia Phillies at No. 17, and the Cincinnati Reds used the next pick on Cam Collier, a third baseman and left-handed batter from Chipola College, a junior college in Florida. Crawford’s father, Carl, was a four-time All-Star, and Collier’s father, Lou, played eight seasons in the majors.

“You have more of an understanding of what to expect at the next level,” Justin Crawford said. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve been able to take away, to know it’s not going to be easy. But I think I have a little bit of a step up because I was able to be there with my dad.”

Jackson Holliday, 18, was a regular around the Colorado Rockies when his father played there, earning a measure of renown around the clubhouse for imitating batting stances. Matt would call out a name — Jim Edmonds, Nomar Garciaparra, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols — and Jackson would entertain visitors with spot-on impressions. He was 3 years old at the time.

“When you’re imitating big leaguers at 3 years old,” Matt’s father, Tom, said in 2007, “obviously you’re a pretty good showman.”

A teammate of Holliday’s, pitcher Josh Fogg, predicted then that Jackson Holliday would someday be a first-round draft choice. The day arrived on Sunday, when he was picked before anyone else.


By: Tyler Kepner
Title: An M.L.B. Draft High on Name Recognition and Star Power
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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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By: Paul Kelly
Title: Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’
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