We’re six days (Aug. 1, 2 p.m.) from the deadline for teams to sign their 2021 MLB Draft picks, and the Dodgers have done all the heavy lifting in terms of signing their draftees.
Heubeck (write-up here) ended up getting almost $700,000 over his slot-recommended amount, which equates to late-2nd-round money. For instance, the Cubs’ slot amount at No. 56 was $1,276,400, so the Dodgers did well to get a Top 60 prospect at pick No. 101. He, Nastrini and Harris are the only three draftees to sign for over their slot-recommended amount so far.
They also signed 18th-rounder Damon Keith out of Cal Baptist.
His $125,000 won’t count against the bonus pool. If it were even a dollar over that, it would. That goes for all players selected in Rounds 11-20. The only other guys I can see getting over-slot money are Justin Wrobleski (11th round), Antonio Knowles (13th round), Michael Sirota (16th round) and Gabe Emmett (18th round). I don’t expect the Dodgers to sign all their outstanding draft picks, but it may only be one or two at this rate.
The Dodgers can go up to 5 percent (less $1) over their $4,646,700 bonus pool, or $232,334. They have roughly $60,000 left before hitting that 105% mark. That extra amount probably isn’t going to land Sirota, but it might be able to land one of the JC guys (Knowles, Emmett), while Wrobleski will probably sign for around slot. If the Dodgers aren’t going to get any of their remaining draftees to sign for $125,000 or less, they could just end up giving the extra 60 grand to Wrobleski.p
To date, the Dodgers have reportedly signed 12 of their 19 selections (12th-rounder Ronan Kopp being the one not listed above, but he posted on Instagram).