We've broken down how the 50 highest bonuses in the 2011 draft stack up against MLB's top 50 slot recommendations, as well as how each team did in the first 10 rounds spending money versus their estimated slot allowance. The complete charts are available to subscribers here, and we give everyone a brief taste below.
|TOP 50 BONUSES VS. TOP 50 SLOTS|
|MLB's slot recommendations are lower than they were in 2006, and the below chart shows how out of touch the current guidelines are with reality. We've lined up the 50 highest bonuses in the draft against the top 50 slots (to clarify, those are the first 50 slots in the draft, not the corresponding slots for each player). The bonuses total $120.5 million, 72 percent above the slot total of $70 million. Teams paid out 24 bonuses of $2 million or more, compared to just eight slots worth that much.|
|Rk||Player, Pos, Team (Round/Overall)||Bonus||Slot|
|1||Gerrit Cole, rhp, Pit (1st round/No. 1)||$8,000,000||$4,000,000|
|2||Bubba Starling, of, KC (1st round/No. 5)||$7,500,000||$3,250,000|
|3||Danny Hultzen, lhp, Sea (1st round/No. 2)||$6,350,000||$3,000,000|
|SPENDING VS. SLOTS|
|How much money each team spent in the first 10 rounds of the 2011 draft, and how that compares to its estimated slot allowance in those rounds from the commissioner's office:|
|Team||Picks||Signed||Bonus Total||Slot Total||Slot Spent|
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