2020 MLB Draft: Dodgers finish class by signing 2nd-rounder Clayton Beeter

Clayton Beeter

Never a doubt! The Dodgers signed 2nd-round competitive balance selection Clayton Beeter to close their 2020 draft signing period.

Beeter was my favorite pick of this draft class and was thrilled when they popped him. I know he’s a high-risk guy, but coming into this developmental system can only be a good thing for him.

Here’s the bonus pool update.

RoundPlayerSlotBonusSavings
1Bobby Miller$2,424,600$2,200,000$224,600
2Landon Knack$1,157,400$715,000$442,400
2cbClayton Beeter$1,003,300$1,196,500($193,200)
3Jake Vogel$581,600$1,622,500($1,040,900)
4Carson Taylor$434,300$400,000$34,300
5Gavin Stone$327,200$100,000$227,200
Total$5,928,400$6,234,000($305,600)

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Dustin, didn’t the Dodgers go over the 5 percent limit? Aren’t they going to lose their 1st-round pick next year?”

No, faithful reader, they will not, thanks to the famed $2,500 accounting trick some teams employ when it comes to draft pick signing bonuses.

So, four of the six Dodger draftees’ bonuses in the table above don’t account for the $2,500 accounting trick (Beeter and Vogel’s do). If you take that extra $10,000 and add it to the $305,600 they’re over, that gives you $295,600. They could go up to $296,419 (5 percent, less $1) to stay under within the first tax bracket. So, the Dodgers had an extra $819 to spare on their draft bonus pool. Oh those crafty nerds.

Here it is in table form, should you prefer that.

RoundPlayerSlotBonusSavings
1Bobby Miller$2,424,600$2,197,500$227,100
2Landon Knack$1,157,400$712,500$444,900
2cbClayton Beeter$1,003,300$1,196,500($193,200)
3Jake Vogel$581,600$1,622,500($1,040,900)
4Carson Taylor$434,300$397,500$36,800
5Gavin Stone$327,200$97,500$229,700
Total$5,928,400$6,224,000($295,600)

The Dodgers can still sign undrafted free agents, but to date, they’ve signed just one — Robbie Peto.

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I usually do a midseason prospect update at the All-Star break, which would have been next week. This year I probably won’t do a full reordering of the Top 30, but I might do an updated Top 33-34 with the new draftees included (Taylor and Stone won’t crack that list). We’ll see.

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.