2011 Bonuses Vs. Slots




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Bonuses and estimated MLB slot recommendations for the first five rounds of the 2010 draft, along with the estimated slots for the same picks in the prior two drafts. The commissioner's office establishes guidelines for every pick through the first five rounds, and sets a $150,000 ceiling for subsequent rounds.

Boldface denotes above-slot bonuses, asterisks indicate the bonus was part of a major league contract and plus signs signify a two-sport contract (allowing the club to spread the bonus over as many as five years). We may revise these estimates as more information becomes available.

Note that MLB hasn't changed its slot values since 2009 and that the current values are lower than the 2006 recommendations. The commissioner's office slashed the slots by 10 percent in 2007 (based on a misguided belief that the new collective bargaining agreement would give teams more leverage), restored most of those cuts in 2008, then reduced its recommendations further in 2009.

For a point of comparison, MLB valued the top 50 slots in 2010 (and again this year) as worth a combined $70 million. The 50 largest bonuses in the 2010 draft totaled $96 million, a difference of 37 percent.

Last updated: Aug. 15.

FIRST ROUND '11 Bonus '11 Est. Slot '10 Est. Slot '09 Est. Slot
1. Pit: Gerrit Cole, rhp $8,000,000 $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $4,000,000
2. Sea: Danny Hultzen, lhp $6,350,000* $3,250,000 $3,250,000 $3,250,000
3. Ari: Trevor Bauer, rhp $3,400,000* $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000
4. Bal: Dylan Bundy, rhp $4,000,000* $2,750,000 $2,750,000 $2,750,000
5. KC: Bubba Starling, of $7,500,000+ $2,520,000 $2,520,000 $2,520,000
6. Was: Anthony Rendon, 3b $6,000,000* $2,340,000 $2,340,000 $2,340,000
7. Ari: Archie Bradley, rhp $5,000,000+ $2,178,000 $2,178,000 $2,178,000
8. Cle: Francisco Lindor, ss $2,900,000 $2,043,000 $2,043,000 $2,043,000
9. ChC: Javier Baez, ss $2,625,000 $1,962,000 $1,962,000 $1,962,000
10. SD: Cory Spangenberg, 2b $1,863,000 $1,863,000 $1,863,000 $1,863,000
11. Hou: George Springer, of $2,525,000 $1,791,000 $1,791,000 $1,791,000
12. Mil: Taylor Jungmann, rhp $2,525,000 $1,719,000 $1,719,000 $1,719,000
13. NYM: Brandon Nimmo, of $2,100,000 $1,656,000 $1,656,000 $1,656,000
14. Fla: Jose Fernandez, rhp $2,000,000 $1,602,000 $1,602,000 $1,602,000
15. Mil: Jed Bradley, lhp $2,000,000 $1,557,000 $1,557,000 $1,557,000
16. LAD: Chris Reed, lhp $1,589,000 $1,512,000 $1,512,000 $1,512,000
17. LAA: C.J. Cron, 1b $1,467,000 $1,467,000 $1,467,000 $1,467,000
18. Oak: Sonny Gray, rhp $1,540,000 $1,422,000 $1,422,000 $1,422,000
19. Bos: Matt Barnes, rhp $1,500,000 $1,386,000 $1,386,000 $1,386,000
20. Col: Tyler Anderson, lhp $1,400,000 $1,359,000 $1,359,000 $1,359,000
21. Tor: Tyler Beede, rhp Did Not Sign $1,332,000 $1,332,000 $1,332,000
22. StL: Kolten Wong, 2b $1,300,000 $1,287,000 $1,287,000 $1,287,000
23. Was: Alex Meyer, rhp $2,000,000 $1,260,000 $1,260,000 $1,260,000
24. TB: Taylor Guerrieri, rhp $1,600,000 $1,242,000 $1,242,000 $1,242,000
25. SD: Joe Ross, rhp $2,750,000 $1,215,000 $1,215,000 $1,215,000
26. Bos: Blake Swihart, c $2,500,000 $1,197,000 $1,197,000 $1,197,000
27. Cin: Robert Stephenson, rhp $2,000,000 $1,161,000 $1,161,000 $1,161,000
28. Atl: Sean Gilmartin, lhp $1,134,000 $1,134,000 $1,134,000 $1,134,000
29. SF: Joe Panik, ss $1,116,000 $1,116,000 $1,116,000 $1,116,000
30. Min: Levi Michael, ss $1,175,000 $1,089,000 $1,089,000 $1,089,000
31. TB: Mikie Mahtook, of $1,150,000 $972,000 $972,000 $972,000
32. TB: Jake Hager, ss $963,000 $954,000 $954,000 $954,000
33. Tex: Kevin Matthews, lhp $936,000 $936,000 $936,000 $936,000
SUPPLEMENTAL FIRST ROUND '11 Bonus '11 Est. Slot '10 Est. Slot '09 Est. Slot
34. Was: Brian Goodwin, of $3,000,000 $918,000 $918,000 $918,000
35. Tor: Jacob Anderson, of $990,000 $900,000 $900,000 $900,000
36. Bos: Henry Owens, lhp $1,550,000 $889,200 $889,200 $889,200
37. Tex: Zach Cone, of $873,000 $873,000 $873,000 $873,000
38. TB: Brandon Martin, ss $860,000 $858,600 $858,600 $858,600
39. Phi: Larry Greene, of $1,000,000 $844,200 $844,200 $844,200
40. Bos: Jackie Bradley, of $1,100,000 $829,800 $829,800 $829,800
41. TB: Tyler Goeddel, 3b $1,500,000 $815,400 $815,400 $815,400
42. TB: Jeff Ames, rhp $650,000 $802,800 $802,800 $802,800
43. Ari: Andrew Chafin, lhp $875,000 $789,300 $789,300 $789,300
44. NYM: Michael Fulmer, rhp $937,500 $776,700 $776,700 $776,700
45. Col: Trevor Story, ss $915,000 $764,100 $764,100 $764,100
46. Tor: Joe Musgrove, rhp $500,000 $751,500 $751,500 $751,500
47. CWS: Keenyn Walker, of $795,000 $739,800 $739,800 $739,800
48. SD: Michael Kelly, rhp $718,000 $728,100 $728,100 $728,100
49. SF: Kyle Crick, rhp $900,000 $717,300 $717,300 $717,300
50. Min: Travis Harrison, 3b $1,050,000 $705,600 $705,600 $705,600
51. NYY: Dante Bichette Jr., 3b $750,000 $694,800 $694,800 $694,800
52. TB: Blake Snell, lhp $684,000 $684,000 $684,000 $684,000
53. Tor: Dwight Smith Jr., of $800,000 $674,100 $674,100 $674,100
54. SD: Brett Austin, c Did Not Sign $663,300 $663,300 $663,300
55. Min: Hudson Boyd, rhp $1,000,000 $653,400 $653,400 $653,400
56. TB: Kes Carter, of $625,000 $643,500 $643,500 $643,500
57. Tor: Kevin Comer, rhp $1,650,000 $634,500 $634,500 $634,500
58. SD: Jace Peterson, ss $624,600 $624,600 $624,600 $624,600
59. TB: Grayson Garvin, lhp $370,000 $614,700 $614,700 $614,700
60. TB: James Harris, of $490,000 $605,700 $605,700 $605,700
SECOND ROUND '11 Bonus '11 Est. Slot '10 Est. Slot '09 Est. Slot
61. Pit: Josh Bell, of $5,000,000 $596,700 $596,700 $596,700
62. Sea: Brad Miller, ss $750,000 $587,700 $587,700 $587,700
63. Ari: Anthony Meo, rhp $625,000 $579,600 $579,600 $579,600
64. Bal: Jason Esposito, 3b $600,000 $570,600 $570,600 $570,600
65. KC: Cam Gallahager, c $750,000 $562,500 $562,500 $562,500
66. Phi: Roman Quinn, ss $775,000 $555,000 $555,000 $554,400
67. Cle: Dillon Howard, rhp $1,850,000 $545,400 $545,400 $545,400
68. ChC: Dan Vogelbach, 1b $1,600,000 $537,300 $537,300 $537,300
69. Hou: Adrian Houser, rhp $530,100 $530,100 $530,100 $530,100
70. Mil: Jorge Lopez, rhp $690,000 $522,000 $522,000 $522,000
71. NYM: Cory Mazzoni, rhp $437,500 $514,800 $514,800 $514,800
72. Fla: Adam Conley, lhp $625,000 $506,700 $506,700 $506,700
73. LAD: Alex Santana, 3b $499,500 $499,500 $499,500 $499,500
74. Tor: Daniel Norris, lhp $2,000,000 $492,300 $492,300 $492,300
75. TB: Granden Goetzman, of $490,000 $485,100 $485,100 $485,100
76. Det: James McCann, c $577,900 $477,900 $477,900 $477,900
77. Col: Carl Thomore, of $480,000 $470,700 $470,700 $470,700
78. Tor: J. Gabryszwski, rhp $575,000 $463,500 $463,500 $463,500
79. StL: Charlie Tilson, of $1,275,000 $457,200 $457,200 $457,200
80. CWS: Erik Johnson, rhp $450,000 $450,000 $450,000 $450,000
81. Bos: Williams Jerez, of $443,700 $443,700 $443,700 $443,700
82. SD: Austin Hedges, c $3,000,000 $436,500 $436,500 $436,500
83. Tex: Will Lamb, lhp $430,200 $430,200 $430,200 $430,200
84. Cin: Gabriel Rosa, of $500,000 $423,900 $423,900 $423,900
85. Atl: Nick Ahmed, ss $417,600 $417,600 $417,600 $417,600
86. SF: Andrew Susac, c $1,100,000 $411,300 $411,300 $411,300
87. Min: Madison Boer, rhp $405,000 $405,000 $405,000 $405,000
88. NYY: Sam Stafford, lhp Did Not Sign $398,700 $398,700 $398,700
89. TB: Leonard Linsky, rhp $392,400 $392,400 $392,400 $392,400
90. Phi: Harold Martinez, 3b $387,000 $387,000 $387,000 $387,000
THIRD ROUND '11 Bonus '11 Est. Slot '10 Est. Slot '09 Est. Slot
91. Pit: Alex Dickerson, 1b $380,700 $380,700 $380,700 $380,700
92. Sea: Kevin Cron, 1b Did Not Sign $375,300 $375,300 $375,300
93. Ari: Justin Bianco, of $369,000 $369,000 $369,000 $369,000
94. Bal: Mike Wright, rhp $363,600 $363,600 $363,600 $363,600
95. KC: Bryan Brickhouse, rhp $1,500,000 $358,200 $358,200 $358,200
96. Was: Matt Purke, lhp $2,750,000* $351,900 $351,900 $351,900
97. Cle: Jake Sisco, rhp $325,000 $346,500 $346,500 $346,500
98. ChC: Zeke DeVoss, of $500,000 $341,100 $341,100 $341,100
99. Hou: Jack Armstrong Jr., rhp $750,000 $335,700 $335,700 $335,700
100. Mil: Drew Gagnon, rhp $340,000 $330,300 $330,300 $330,300
101. NYM: Logan Verrett, rhp $425,000 $324,900 $324,900 $324,900
102. Fla: Connor Barron, ss Did Not Sign $319,500 $319,500 $319,500
103. LAD: Pratt Manyard, c $315,000 $315,000 $315,000 $315,000
104. LAA: Nick Maronde, lhp $309,600 $309,600 $309,600 $309,600
105. Oak: B.A. Vollmoth, 3b $304,200 $304,200 $304,200 $304,200
106. Det: Aaron Westlake, 1b $310,000 $299,700 $299,700 $299,700
107. Col: Peter O'Brien, c Did Not Sign $295,000 $295,000 $294,300
108. Tor: John Stilson, rhp $500,000 $289,800 $289,800 $289,800
109. StL: C.J. McElroy, of $510,000 $284,400 $284,400 $284,400
110. CWS: Jeff Soptic, rhp $320,000 $279,900 $279,900 $279,900
111. Bos: Jordan Weems, c $500,000 $274,500 $274,500 $274,500
112. SD: Matt Andriese, rhp $270,000 $270,000 $270,000 $270,000
113. Tex: Kyle Castro, rhp $267,300 $267,300 $267,300 $267,300
114. Cin: Tony Cingrani, lhp $210,000 $263,700 $263,700 $263,700
115. Atl: Kyle Kubitza, 3b $261,000 $261,000 $261,000 $261,000
116. SF: Ricky Oropesa, 1b $550,000 $258,300 $258,300 $258,300
117. Min: Corey Williams, lhp $575,000 $254,700 $254,700 $254,700
118. NYY: Jordan Cote, rhp $725,000 $252,000 $252,000 $252,000
119. TB: Johnny Eierman, of $550,000+ $250,000 $250,000 $249,300
120. Phi: Adam Morgan, lhp $250,000 $245,700 $245,700 $245,700
SUPPLEMENTAL THIRD ROUND '11 Bonus '11 Est. Slot '10 Est. Slot '09 Est. Slot
121. Sea: Carter Capps, rhp $500,000 $243,000 $243,000 $243,000
FOURTH ROUND '11 Bonus '11 Est. Slot '10 Est. Slot '09 Est. Slot
122. Pit: Colten Brewer, rhp $240,000 $240,300 $240,300 $240,300
123. Sea: John Hicks, c $240,000 $236,700 $236,700 $236,700
124. Ari: Evan Marshall, rhp $232,500 $234,000 $234,000 $234,000
125. Bal: Kyle Simon, rhp $231,300 $231,300 $231,300 $231,300
126. KC: Kyle Smith, rhp $695,000 $227,700 $227,700 $227,700
127. Was: Kylin Turnbull, lhp $325,000 $225,000 $225,000 $225,000
128. Cle: Jake Lowery, c $220,000 $222,300 $222,300 $222,300
129. ChC: Tony Zych, rhp $400,000 $218,700 $218,700 $218,700
130. Hou: Chris Lee, lhp $215,000 $216,000 $216,000 $216,000
131. Mil: Nick Ramirez, 1b $213,300 $213,300 $213,300 $213,300
132. NYM: Tyler Pill, rhp $200,000 $209,700 $209,700 $209,700
133. Fla: Tyler Palmer, 2b Did Not Sign $207,000 $207,000 $207,000
134. LAD: Ryan O'Sullivan, rhp $100,000 $204,300 $204,300 $204,300
135. LAA: Mike Clevinger, rhp $250,000 $200,700 $200,700 $200,700
136. Oak: Bobby Crocker, of $198,000 $198,000 $198,000 $198,000
137. Det: Jason King, 3b $195,300 $195,300 $195,300 $195,300
138. Col: Dillon Thomas, of $300,000 $191,700 $191,700 $191,700
139. Tor: Tom Robson, rhp $325,000 $189,000 $189,000 $189,000
140. StL: Kenny Peoples, ss $200,000 $186,300 $186,300 $186,300
141. CWS: Kyle McMillen, rhp $120,000 $182,700 $182,700 $182,700
142. Bos: Noe Ramirez, rhp $625,000 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000
143. SD: Cody Hebner, rhp $200,000 $179,100 $179,100 $179,100
144. Tex: Desmond Henry, of $200,000 $177,300 $177,300 $177,300
145. Cin: Kyle McMyne, rhp $176,400 $176,400 $176,400 $176,400
146. Atl: J.R. Graham, rhp $174,600 $174,600 $174,600 $174,600
147. SF: Bryce Bandilla, lhp $185,000 $173,700 $173,700 $173,700
148. Min: Matt Summers, rhp $171,900 $171,900 $171,900 $171,900
149. NYY: Matt Duran, 3b $335,000 $171,000 $171,000 $171,000
150. TB: Riccio Torrez, 3b $180,000 $169,200 $169,200 $169,200
151. Phi: Cody Asche, 3b $168,300 $168,300 $168,300 $168,300
FIFTH ROUND '11 Bonus '11 Est. Slot '10 Est. Slot '09 Est. Slot
152. Pit: Tyler Glasnow, rhp $600,000 $166,500 $166,500 $166,500
153. Sea: Tyler Marlette, c $650,000 $165,600 $165,600 $165,600
154. Ari: Michael Perez, c $235,000 $163,800 $163,800 $163,800
155. Bal: Matt Taylor, lhp $160,000 $162,900 $162,900 $162,900
156. KC: Patrick Leonard, of $600,000 $161,100 $161,100 $161,100
157. Was: Matt Skole, 3b $161,100 $160,200 $160,200 $160,200
158. Cle: Will Roberts, rhp $150,000 $158,400 $158,400 $158,400
159. ChC: Tayler Scott, rhp $279,950 $157,500 $157,500 $157,500
160. Hou: Nick Tropeano, rhp $155,700 $155,700 $155,700 $155,700
161. Mil: Michael Reed, of $500,000 $154,800 $154,800 $154,800
162. NYM: Jack Leathersich, lhp $110,000 $153,000 $153,000 $153,000
163. Fla: Mason Hope, rhp $250,000 $152,100 $152,100 $152,100
164. LAD: Scott McGough, rhp $150,300 $150,300 $150,300 $150,300
165. LAA: Andrew Ray, of $80,000 $149,400 $149,400 $149,400
166. Oak: Beau Taylor, c $147,600 $147,600 $147,600 $147,600
167. Det: Brandon Loy, ss $212,000 $146,700 $146,700 $146,700
168. Col: Taylor Featherston, ss $144,900 $144,900 $144,900 $144,900
169. Tor: Andrew Chin, lhp Did Not Sign $144,000 $144,000 $144,000
170. StL: Sam Gaviglio, rhp $175,000 $142,200 $142,200 $142,200
171. CWS: Scott Snodgress, lhp $141,300 $141,300 $141,300 $141,300
172. Bos: Mookie Betts, ss $750,000+ $139,500 $139,500 $150k max
173. SD: Mark Pope, rhp $150,000 $138,200 $138,200 $150k max
174. Tex: Brandon Woodruff, rhp Did Not Sign $136,800 $136,800 $150k max
175. Cin: Ryan Wright, 2b $225,000 $135,900 $135,900 $150k max
176. Atl: Nick DeSantiago, c $125,000 $134,900 $150k max $150k max
177. SF: Chris Marlowe, rhp $145,000 $133,900 $150k max $150k max
178. Min: Tyler Grimes, ss $132,900 $132,900 $150k max $150k max
179. NYY: Greg Bird, c $1,100,000 $131,900 $150k max $150k max
180. TB: J.D. Davis, 3b Did Not Sign $130,900 $150k max $150k max
181. Phi: Mitch Walding, ss $800,000 $129,900 $150k max $150k max