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