Dodgers have 6 of their first 10 picks signed as deadline approaches

With the signing deadline approaching (July 6, 2 p.m.), here’s the latest update on the Dodgers’ draftees and their signings status.

Round Player Slot Bonus Savings
1 J.T. Ginn $2,275,800 unsigned ?
2 Michael Grove $917,000 unsigned ?
3 John Rooney $538,800 unsigned ?
4 Braydon Fisher $402,300 $497,500 $95,200
5 Devin Mann $300,600 $272,500 $28,100
6 Bryan Warzek $233,800 $202,500 $31,300
7 James Outman $184,200 $157,500 $26,700
8 Luke Heyer $155,300 $47,500 $107,800
9 Josh McLain $143,600 $7,500 $136,100
10 Deacon Liput $136,800 unsigned ?
17 Aldrich De Jongh $125,000* $150,000 $25,000
Total $5,288,200 $1,335,000 $209,800

*-Slot amount isn’t actually $125,000, but every dollar over counts toward the bonus pool.

I missed the McLain signing when it happened. It should have been in the first update. I am so sorry.

The Dodgers are currently $209,800 under their draft pool right now. Factoring in all the savings and the 5 percent (less $1) they’re allowed to go over, they’re still $474,209 from that mark. I’m assuming the extra money right now will go toward getting Ginn signed, and they should save a bit on Liput when he signs. He just got done playing in the College World Series, so it’s not surprising that he’s still unsigned at this point.

Here’s the other post-10th-round players who have signed since the last update. None reported bonuses, so let’s just assume they’re south of the $125,000 mark.

  • 11th round: RHP Stephen Kolek, Texas A&M
  • 12th round: C Hunter Feduccia, LSU
  • 13th round: 1B Dillon Paulson, USC
  • 19th round: OF Sam McWilliams, Meridian CC
  • 20th round: RHP Caleb Sampen, Wright State
  • 21st round: C Tre Todd, Liberty
  • 23rd round: RHP Justin Hagenman, Penn State
  • 25th round: RHP Hunter Speer, William Carey University
  • 27th round: LHP Connor Mitchell, Butler
  • 28th round: RHP Reza Aleaziz, Oklahoma State
  • 30th round: OF Matt Cogen, Belmont University
  • 31st round: LHP Andrew Shaps, William Jessup University
  • 33rd round: OF Drew Avans, Southeastern Louisiana
  • 34th round: LHP Austin Drury, North Florida
  • 36th round: OF Jeremiah Vison, Golden West College
  • 37th round: OF Jon Littel, Oklahoma State

It’s no surprise that most of the unsigned guys outside the first 10 rounds are high school and/or junior college guys. Of the remaining guys, I’m not terribly confident they’re going to get 14th-rounder Brandon White (6-foot-8, RHP) to sign. Right-hander Trey Dillard, their 15th-rounder, would be a nice addition, but he could easily return to San Jacinto College North, as could his teammate, outfielder Jordan Myrow (Dave Roberts‘ godson). Lastly, 16th-rounder Julian Smith‘s intriguing left arm would be a nice addition to a system that is lacking on quality LHPs (but has gotten better in recent years).

But with Ginn and Grove not being signed yet, the Dodgers have to make absolutely certain there are no shenanigans with them before agreeing to what should be over-slot bonuses for some of the guys listed in the graf before this.

And here’s a quick rules refresher.

The picks within the first 10 rounds get a slot amount allotted to them, and they must be signed in order for their slot amount to go towards the overall bonus pool. Additionally, if any picks from rounds 11-40 or undrafted free agents are signed for more than $125,000, the overage will count against the bonus pool. And here’s how the overage penalties shake out.

Overage (percentage) Penalty (taxed amount)
0-4.99 75 percent tax on overage
5-9.99 75 percent tax on overage
Loss of 2019 1st-round pick
10-14.99 100 percent tax on overage
Loss of 2019 1st- & 2nd-round picks
15-plus 100 percent tax
Loss of 1st-round picks in 2019 & 2020

The Dodgers can go up to $264,409 (5 percent, less $1) over their allotted slot amount of $5,288,200 without losing a draft pick. No team has ever exceeded this bonus pool since this system was implemented in 2012, and it isn’t going to happen now.

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There will be a lot of signings over the next nearly 10 days. I’m not worried about the Dodgers getting their first 10 selections signed. I’m more curious how the rest of the potential signings will play out.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.