2014 Draft: How The Top Bonuses Lined Up

With Friday’s signing deadline for the 2014 complete, it’s time to take stock of how the money lined up for those players picked at the top of the draft.

This is a ranking of all the draft signing bonuses that exceed $1 million and comparing them to the recommended slot value by both total dollar value and as a percent.

Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber (Photo by Paul Gierhart)

Overall, 67 players in the draft signed for at least $1 million, although there were only 56 slots that exceed $1 million.

The depth of the draft was in the high school class and teams’ financial ammunition was deployed toward that demographic, as 60 percent of the million-dollar bonuses went to high school players. No junior college player signed for more than $1 million.

No. 3 pick Carlos Rodon (White Sox) signed for the largest bonus in the draft at $6,582,000, which was $860,500 (or 15 percent) above slot. This marked the largest overall slot deal by sheer dollar value while being the sixth-largest by percent compared to slot.

Of the first round picks, 10 signed over-slot deals, 11 signed at slot and 12 signed for under slot.

The largest financial haircut compared to slot was No. 4 pick Kyle Schwarber, who signed for $1,496,200 less than slot (32 percent). His $3,125,000 bonus accounted for the sixth-largest in the draft.

The Cubs allocated those savings from Schwarber (and others) to sign five players to bonuses exceeding $1 million, the most of any team. Chicago drafted high school pitchers with their selections in rounds four through six (Dylan Cease, Justin Steele and Carson Sands). These were the only players drafted after the third round to get more than $1 million. Cease, who was drafted in the sixth round with the 169th overall pick, was the last millionaire drafted and his $1.5 million deal was the largest bonus by percent over slot at 457 percent.

While most teams signed two players to million-dollar bonuses, three other teams signed four players—the Indians, Pirates and Royals, who were all armed with extra picks on the first day of the draft.

Although the Yankees had only one million-dollar slot (No. 55 overall; $1,018,700) they walked away with two million-dollar signees in Jacob Lindgren and Austin DeCarr.

The Orioles, who didn’t pick until the third round and whose first slot value was $594,200, were the only team to not sign a player for at least $1 million.

Rank Round Overall pick Team Player, Position, School Slot Value Bonus Bonus Vs. Slot % +/- slot
1 1 3 White Sox Carlos Rodon, lhp, North Carolina State $5,721,500 $6,582,000 $860,500 15%
2 1 2 Marlins Tyler Kolek, rhp, Shepherd (Texas) HS $6,821,800 $6,000,000 ($821,800) -12%
3 1 6 Mariners Alex Jackson, of, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego $3,575,900 $4,200,000 $624,100 17%
4 1 5 Twins Nick Gordon, ss, Olympia HS, Orlando $3,851,000 $3,851,000 $0 0%
5 1 7 Phillies Aaron Nola, rhp, Louisiana State $3,300,900 $3,300,900 $0 0%
6 1 4 Cubs Kyle Schwarber, c/of, Indiana $4,621,200 $3,125,000 ($1,496,200) -32%
7 1 9 Blue Jays Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina $3,080,800 $3,080,800 $0 0%
8 1 10 Mets Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State $2,970,800 $2,970,800 $0 0%
9 1 13 Padres Trea Turner, ss, North Carolina State $2,723,300 $2,900,000 $176,700 6%
10 1 11 Blue Jays Max Pentecost, c, Kennesaw State $2,888,300 $2,888,300 $0 0%
11 1 16 Diamondbacks Touki Toussaint, rhp, Coral Springs Christian HS, Miami $2,338,200 $2,700,000 $361,800 15%
12 1 14 Giants Tyler Beede, rhp, Vanderbilt $2,613,200 $2,613,200 $0 0%
13 1 15 Angels Sean Newcomb, lhp, Hartford $2,475,600 $2,518,400 $42,800 2%
14 1 18 Nationals Erick Fedde, rhp, Nevada-Las Vegas $2,145,600 $2,511,100 $365,500 17%
15 1 12 Brewers Kodi Medeiros, lhp, Waiakea HS, Hilo, Hawaii $2,805,700 $2,500,000 ($305,700) -11%
16 1 22 Dodgers Grant Holmes, rhp, Conway (S.C.) HS $1,980,500 $2,500,000 $519,500 26%
17 1 8 Rockies Kyle Freeland, lhp, Evansville $3,190,800 $2,300,000 ($890,800) -28%
18 1 17 Royals Brandon Finnegan, lhp, Texas Christian $2,200,600 $2,200,600 $0 0%
19 1 20 Rays Casey Gillaspie, 1b, Wichita State $2,035,500 $2,035,500 $0 0%
20 1 23 Tigers Derek Hill, of, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS $1,953,100 $2,000,000 $46,900 2%
21 1 34 Cardinals Jack Flaherty, rhp, Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. $1,650,400 $2,000,000 $349,600 21%
22 1.5 35 Rockies Forrest Wall, 2b, Orangewood Christian HS, Winter Park, Fla. $1,614,500 $2,000,000 $385,500 24%
23 2.5 74 Mariners Gareth Morgan, of, North Toronto Collegiate HS $760,300 $2,000,000 $1,239,700 163%
24 1 19 Reds Nick Howard, rhp, Virginia $2,090,500 $1,990,500 ($100,000) -5%
25 1 28 Royals Foster Griffin, lhp, The First Academy, Orlando $1,815,500 $1,925,000 $109,500 6%
26 1 21 Indians Bradley Zimmer, of, San Francisco $2,008,100 $1,900,000 ($108,100) -5%
27 1 26 Red Sox Michael Chavis, ss/3b, Sprayberry HS, Marietta, Ga. $1,870,500 $1,870,500 $0 0%
28 1 27 Cardinals Luke Weaver, rhp, Florida State $1,843,000 $1,843,000 $0 0%
29 1.5 41 Brewers Jacob Gatewood, ss, Clovis (Calif.) HS $1,384,900 $1,830,000 $445,100 32%
30 1 24 Pirates Cole Tucker, ss, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix $1,925,500 $1,800,000 ($125,500) -7%
31 2 50 Brewers Monte Harrison, of, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West HS $1,100,300 $1,800,000 $699,700 64%
32 2 56 Royals Scott Blewett, rhp, Baker HS, Baldwinsville, N.Y. $1,003,200 $1,800,000 $796,800 79%
33 1 29 Reds Alex Blandino, ss, Stanford $1,788,000 $1,788,000 $0 0%
34 1 25 Athletics Matt Chapman, 3b, Cal State Fullerton $1,898,000 $1,750,000 ($148,000) -8%
35 1 30 Rangers Luis Ortiz, rhp, Sanger (Calif.) HS $1,760,500 $1,750,000 ($10,500) -1%
36 1 32 Braves Braxton Davidson, 1b, Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C. $1,705,400 $1,705,000 ($400) 0%
37 1 31 Indians Justus Sheffield, lhp, Tullahoma (Tenn.) HS $1,733,000 $1,600,000 ($133,000) -8%
38 1.5 37 Astros Derek Fisher, of, Virginia $1,534,100 $1,534,100 $0 0%
39 1 33 Red Sox Michael Kopech, rhp, Mount Pleasant (Texas) HS $1,678,000 $1,500,000 ($178,000) -11%
40 6 169 Cubs Dylan Cease, rhp, Milton (Ga.) HS $269,500 $1,500,000 $1,230,500 457%
41 1.5 40 Royals Chase Vallot, c, St. Thomas More HS, Lafayette, La. $1,420,800 $1,350,000 ($70,800) -5%
42 2 42 Astros A.J. Reed, 1b, Kentucky $1,350,000 $1,350,000 $0 0%
43 2 43 Marlins Justin Twine, ss, Falls City (Texas) HS $1,316,000 $1,316,000 $0 0%
44 2 51 Padres Michael Gettys, of, Gainesville (Ga.) HS $1,083,400 $1,300,000 $216,600 20%
45 2 44 White Sox Spencer Adams, rhp, White County HS, Cleveland, Ga. $1,282,700 $1,282,700 $0 0%
46 1.5 38 Indians Mike Papi, of, Virginia $1,495,400 $1,250,000 ($245,400) -16%
47 1.5 39 Pirates Connor Joe, of, San Diego $1,457,600 $1,250,000 ($207,600) -14%
48 2 46 Twins Nick Burdi, rhp, Louisville $1,218,800 $1,218,800 $0 0%
49 2 53 Angels Joe Gatto, rhp, St. Augustine Prep, Richland, N.J. $1,050,600 $1,200,000 $149,400 14%
50 2 59 Rangers Ti’quan Forbes, ss, Columbia (Miss.) HS $957,900 $1,200,000 $242,100 25%
51 2 47 Phillies Matt Imhof, lhp, Cal Poly $1,187,900 $1,187,900 $0 0%
52 1.5 36 Marlins Blake Anderson, c, West Lauderdale HS, Collinsville, Miss. $1,573,900 $1,170,000 ($403,900) -26%
53 2 49 Blue Jays Sean Reid-Foley, rhp, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville $1,128,800 $1,128,800 $0 0%
54 2 48 Rockies Ryan Castellani, rhp, Brophy Prep, Phoenix $1,158,000 $1,100,000 ($58,000) -5%
55 2 52 Giants Aramis Garcia, c, Florida International $1,066,900 $1,100,000 $33,100 3%
56 2 61 Indians Grant Hockin, rhp, Damien HS, La Verne, Calif. $928,700 $1,100,000 $171,300 18%
57 4 109 Cubs Carson Sands, lhp, North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, Fla. $480,600 $1,100,000 $619,400 129%
58 2 60 Rays Cameron Varga, rhp, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Cincinnati $943,200 $1,097,500 $154,300 16%
59 2 54 Diamondbacks Cody Reed, lhp, Ardmore (Ala.) HS $1,034,500 $1,034,500 $0 0%
60 2 55 Yankees Jacob Lindgren, lhp, Mississippi State $1,018,700 $1,018,700 $0 0%
61 2 45 Cubs Jake Stinnett, rhp Maryland $1,250,400 $1,000,000 ($250,400) -20%
62 2 64 Pirates Mitch Keller, rhp, Xavier HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa $886,800 $1,000,000 $113,200 13%
63 2 66 Braves Garrett Fulenchek, rhp, Howe (Texas) HS $860,000 $1,000,000 $140,000 16%
64 2.5 69 Diamondbacks Marcus Wilson, of, Serra HS, Gardena, Calif. $821,100 $1,000,000 $178,900 22%
65 2.5 73 Pirates Trey Supak, rhp, La Grange (Texas) HS $772,000 $1,000,000 $228,000 30%
66 3 91 Yankees Austin DeCarr, rhp, Salisbury (Conn.) School $585,100 $1,000,000 $414,900 71%
67 5 139 Cubs Justin Steele, lhp, George County HS, Lucedale, Miss. $359,900 $1,000,000 $640,100 178%

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