2016 MLB Draft open thread

It’s finally here. The 2016 MLB Draft is commencing, and the Dodgers have four picks today. Here’s everything you could want to know about the draft and how today will impact the Dodgers.

Jared and I will be doing a live podcast starting at 5 p.m. I’ll post the link here, in the comments and on Twitter once we begin.

Update: Here is the link to the live podcast.

For all my 2016 MLB Draft coverage, click here.

Bonus money

The first 10 rounds have allotted bonus amounts for each pick. Teams cannot go over the allotted amount without some kind of penalty. Here are the slot amounts for the Dodgers.

1(20). $2,316,300
1(32). $1,940,700
1s(36). $1,791,000
2(65). $993,800
3(101). $590,800
4(131). $442,400
5(161). $331,100
6(191). $247,900
7(221). $187,400
8(251). $175,100
9(281). $163,400
10(311). $156,600

2016 Bonus Pool: $9,273,900
2016 Bonus Pool (5 percent, $463,695): $9,737,595

With the two extra 1st-round picks (No. 32 as compensation for losing Zack Greinke, No. 36 for failing to sign Kyle Funkhouser), the Dodgers have nearly $9.3 million to spend on players. There is a 75 percent tax for teams if they go up to 5 percent their bonus allotment. The Dodgers have done this every year since 2012, and this year will be no different. That means they can spend more than $9.7 million on draftees.

Every player after the 10th round doesn’t have a slot-recommended amount. Conversely, and post-10th-rounder signed for more than $100,000 counts toward the overall bonus pool. The Dodgers did this last year with Imani Abduallah ($647,500, $547,500 against pool) and Logan Crouse ($500,000, $400,000 against the pool). This is where saving on Top 10-round picks comes into play.

The first three picks will be legitimate draft prospects. Even the 2nd-rounder should be. But teams will overdraft players at times after that to save money against the pool so they can offer players who have signability concerns more money to sign. For example, last year’s 10th-rounder Logan Landon had a slot-recommended amount of $149,700. He signed for $2,500, meaning the Dodgers saved $147,200 on that selection. It’s a lot more calculated with the new system (since 2012, and this might be the last year because the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires in December).

Speaking of Funkhouser, the Dodgers can redraft him because he signed a reconsent form. If he hadn’t, they wouldn’t be able to select him. I’d rather they don’t, honestly. I also thought the Dodgers wouldn’t get a compensation pick if the player they pick at No. 36 this year doesn’t sign, but Jim Callis says otherwise.

I will defer to his expertise.

Big Board

Here’s the final version of my Big Board.

1. SS Delvin Perez, International Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico) — No. 23 to St. Louis
2. 3B/OF/RHP Josh Lowe, Pope HS (Ga.) — No. 13 to Tampa Bay
3. SS/3B Nolan Jones, Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.)
4. RHP Jordan Sheffield, Vanderbilt
5. RHP Ian Anderson, Shenendhowa HS (N.Y.) — No. 3 to Atlanta
6. RHP Cal Quantrill, Stanford — No. 8 to San Diego
7. OF/1B William Benson, The Westminser Schools (Ga.) — No. 14 to Cleveland
8. RHP Dakota Hudson, Mississippi St.
9. SS Gavin Lux, Indian Trail Academy (Wis.) — No. 20 to Dodgers!
10. RHP Cody Sedlock, Illinois — No. 27 to Baltimore
11. LHP Eric Lauer, Kent St. — No. 25 to San Diego
12. RHP Jared Horn, Vintage HS (Calif.)
13. SS/3B Drew Mendoza, Lake Mineolla HS (Fla.)
14. RHP Kevin Gowdy, Santa Barbara HS (Calif.)
15. OF Taylor Trammell Mount Paran Christian HS (Ga.)


The biggest rumor has been the Dodgers are looking at college arms and prep bats. That could change depending who is drafted ahead of their picks, but it seems like a solid strategy.




(This would be in reference to Jared Horn)

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The Dodgers have four picks tonight, as the first two rounds of the draft will finish tonight. Rounds 3-10 are Friday, while rounds 11-40 are Saturday. We’ll have all the coverage here.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. 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.