Signing Bonus Info

2010 number one overall pick Bryce Harper signed just minutes before the deadline last year.

Here you’ll find all the most recent updates on who (first, sandwich and second-round picks only) has signed with who for how much. Everything you need about everything you don’t really need to know. I’ll also be including any bonus that jumps out at you…like a multi-million dollar bonus for a tenth-rounder.

The majority of this info comes from Baseball America, and links can be found to each article with details on the player’s signing bonus by clicking on the bonus amount.

If you’re looking for a certain player, or a certain team’s signing bonus info, let me know via the comment box below and I’ll see what I can find out for you.

August

Tyler Marlette, C (pick #153), Seattle Mariners $650,000

Marlette was a fifth-round pick and stood out for no other reason than he homered in the 2010 Aflac All-American game. Now he stands out for an entirely different reason. Of any draft pick after the fourth-round he has received the highest bonus. Way to go Tyler!

John Stilson, RHP (pick #108), Toronto Blue Jays $500,000

Stilson had top-ten helium in the months leading up to the draft, but hit a roadblock when he injured his throwing shoulder in May. He originally planned to have surgery on his labrum, but has backed off and might just try to let it heal on it’s own with rest and rehab. It’s no shock that Toronto was able to sign him.

Chris Reed, LHP (pick #16), Los Angeles Dodgers $1,589,000

Reed was the money pick that everyone thought the Dodgers would take in 2010. He pitched the year as Stanford’s closer and was very effective. Since he has two strong breaking pitches, the Dodgers might let him start for a while in the minors before deciding his long-term path.

Adam Conley, LHP (pick #72), Florida Marlins $625,000

Conley blossomed with a move to the bullpen in 2011. Not only did he show he had the mentality to close, but he also upped his velocity to the 95-97 mph range. He throws two other breaking pitches, but neither is as good as his fastball, leading many to think his future is most definitely in the ‘pen.

Anthony Meo, RHP (pick #63), Arizona Diamondbacks $625,000

With their first three picks, the Diamondbacks went heavy on hard-throwing pitching. It still remains to be seen if they can sign Archie Bradley, but getting Bauer and Meo done drastically improves Arizona’s system. Like Bradley and Bauer, Meo has great velocity. He was a consistent winner at Coastal Carolina and even tossed a no-hitter during NCAA regionals.

James McCann, C (pick #76), Detroit Tigers $577,900

McCann was one of the top college backstops from a pretty mediocre class. In any other year he could have been a fourth- or fifth-round pick. He showed decent offensive potential at Arkansas, but earned his way into the second-round on the basis of his defensive ability.

Jorge Lopez, RHP (pick #70), Milwaukee Brewers $690,000

The Brewers have a lot of work to do to rebuild their farm system. If they can get their top two picks (Jungmann and Bradley) to sign they’ll be in much better shape. Lopez is also a solid sign. The top draft prospect from Puerto Rico, Lopez has solid velocity (91-94 mph) and shows signs of a promising curveball. 

Jacob Anderson, OF (pick #35), Toronto Blue Jays $990,000

Anderson is the kind of player that the Jays have preferred in the past few drafts. Plenty of tools and a very high ceiling. Anderson’s best tool is his incredible raw power, although he also has a pretty strong arm. He claim to fame as a high-schooler was his HR derby winning performance in the Under Armour All-American Game.

Cam Gallagher, C (pick #65), Kansas City Royals $750,000

Gallagher was one of the top backstops from the high-school class. He has decent offensive potential and is good enough at his position that he should be able to remain at catcher for the duration of his career. For all the depth that K.C. has in their loaded system, they’re weak at catcher ever since Wil Myers departed for the outfield.

For a list of the rest of the players signed, see:

July 2011
June 2011

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