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Daily Notes, With Two Useful Tables re: Draft Signees

Posted By Carson Cistulli On June 13, 2012 @ 10:28 am In Daily Notes | 6 Comments

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.

1. Two Useful Tables Regarding First-Round Draft Signees
2. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Two Useful Tables Regarding First-Round Draft Signees
A Note on the Following
On Sunday, we published in these electronic pages a table of the first-round picks who’d signed so far, along with (a) the amount of each signee’s bonus, (b) MLB’s suggested bonus for each corresponding slot, and (c) probably some really well-crafted prose that improved your outlook on life.

In any case, what follows is that same table, updated to include signings that’ve occurred in the interim.

Table: 2012 First-Round Draft Signees, Updated
The following information has been aggregated from Baseball America, MLB Trade Rumors, My MLB Draft, and also the Entire Internet. Players marked with an asterisk (*) have signed since Sunday.


Player Team POS Pick Slot Bonus New
Carlos Correa Houston SS 1 $7.200 $4.800  
Byron Buxton Minnesota OF 2 $6.200 $6.000 *
Kyle Zimmer Kansas City RHP 5 $3.500 $3.000  
David Dahl Colorado OF 10 $2.700 $2.600 *
Gavin Cecchini New York NL SS 12 $2.550 $2.300  
Nick Travieso Cincinnati RHP 14 $2.375 $2.000 *
D.J. Davis Toronto OF 17 $2.000 $1.750 *
Michael Wacha St. Louis RHP 19 $1.900 $1.900 *
Chris Stratton San Francisco RHP 20 $1.850 $1.850 *
Lucas Sims Atlanta RHP 21 $1.825 $1.650  
Stryker Trahan Arizona C 26 $1.700 $1.700  
Clint Coulter Milwaukee C 27 $1.675 $1.675  
Victor Roache Milwaukee OF 28 $1.650 $1.525  
Lewis Brinson Texas OF 29 $1.625 $1.625 *

A Note on the Above
As was the case with the draftees who’d signed by Sunday, it remains the case that precisely zero teams have signed a first-round pick for a dollar amount above the amount suggested by Major League Baseball. The Houston Astros, in particular — by signing their first-overall pick to ca. $2.5 million less than slot — have created a surplus of funds with which they can address their other draftees, need be.

Table: Last Year’s Bonuses vs. This Year’s Slot Values
Here’s a (sortable) table containing last year’s top-30 picks, with their respective signing bonuses compared to the present recommended slot bonuses:


Player Team Pos Pick 2011 Bonus 2012 Pool Diff
Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh RHP 1 $8.000 $7.200 $0.800
Danny Hultzen Seattle LHP 2 $8.500 $6.200 $2.300
Trevor Bauer Arizona RHP 3 $4.000 $5.200 -$1.200
Dylan Bundy Baltimore RHP 4 $6.000 $4.200 $1.800
Bubba Starling Kansas City OF 5 $7.500 $3.500 $4.000
Anthony Rendon Washington 3B 6 $7.000 $3.250 $3.750
Archie Bradley Arizona RHP 7 $5.000 $3.000 $2.000
Francisco Lindor Cleveland SS 8 $2.900 $2.900 $0.000
Javier Baez Chicago NL SS 9 $2.625 $2.800 -$0.175
Cory Spangenberg San Diego 2B 10 $1.863 $2.700 -$0.837
George Springer Houston OF 11 $2.525 $2.625 -$0.100
Taylor Jungmann Milwaukee RHP 12 $2.525 $2.550 -$0.025
Brandon Nimmo New York OF 13 $2.100 $2.475 -$0.375
Jose Fernandez Florida RHP 14 $2.000 $2.375 -$0.375
Jed Bradley Milwaukee LHP 15 $2.000 $2.250 -$0.250
Chris Reed Los Angeles NL LHP 16 $1.589 $2.125 -$0.536
C.J. Cron Los Angeles AL 1B 17 $1.467 $2.000 -$0.533
Sonny Gray Oakland RHP 18 $1.540 $1.950 -$0.410
Matt Barnes Boston RHP 19 $1.500 $1.900 -$0.400
Tyler Anderson Colorado LHP 20 $1.400 $1.850 -$0.450
Tyler Beede Toronto RHP 21 N/A $1.825 N/A
Kolten Wong St. Louis 2B 22 $1.300 $1.800 -$0.500
Alex Meyer Washington RHP 23 $2.000 $1.775 $0.225
Taylor Guerrieri Tampa Bay RHP 24 $1.600 $1.750 -$0.150
Joe Ross San Diego RHP 25 $2.750 $1.725 $1.025
Blake Swihart Boston C 26 $2.500 $1.700 $0.800
Robert Stephenson Cincinnati RHP 27 $2.000 $1.675 $0.325
Sean Gilmartin Atlanta LHP 28 $1.134 $1.650 -$0.516
Joe Panik San Francisco SS 29 $1.116 $1.625 -$0.509
Levi Michael Minnesota SS 30 $1.175 $1.600 -$0.425

Video of a Signee
For no reason in particular, here’s video of Cardinals’ signee Michael Wacha, who, according to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game, “tops out at 95 mph, but consistent[ly] throws his fastball at 92-94 mph. Changeup comes in at 81-84 mph.”

Stats of That Same Signee
Here’s Wacha’s line from Texas A&M this season: 113.1 IP, 9.2 K/9, 1.6 BB/9, 0.3 HR/9. By comparison the entire Aggies team (which finished 16-8 in the Big 12) recorded this line: 554.1 IP, 7.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9.

Today’s Notable Games
Boston at Miami | 19:10 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
The Red Sox’ most dominant starter starts tonight: Felix Doubront. His strikeout rate of 24.6% (9.77 K/9) is the best among Sox pitchers who’ve made at least two starts.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Boston Radio.

New York NL at Tampa Bay | 19:10 ET
R.A. Dickey (81.0 IP, 79 xFIP-, 1.6 WAR) is having the best season ever for a knuckleballer,” I’ll announce without having done any research on the matter, except in the part of my brain responsible for making grand claims.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: New York NL Television.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.9.

Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.

*Note: as pointed out by Kyle Lobner in the comments area, Jonathan Sanchez will be starting in Luke Hochevar‘s place. That gives the game and overall score of just 1. Meanwhile, it appears as though Mat Latos will replace Mike Leake, leaving that Game Score unchanged.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Step. Strasburg WAS 10 4 6 6 2 TOR Kyle Drabek 12:37
Kevin Correia PIT 1 2 4 4 3 BAL Brian Matusz 19:05
Felix Doubront BOS 8 5 5 3 3 MIA Ricky Nolasco 19:10
Derek Lowe CLE 2 4 5 4 6 CIN Mike Leake 19:10
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 3 6 5 6 5 ATL Tim Hudson 19:10
R.A. Dickey NYN 10 1 8 6 8 TB David Price 19:10
Wade Miley AZ 5 4 6 10 5 TEX Matt Harrison 20:05
Rick Porcello DET 6 4 5 2 7 CHN Matt Garza 20:05
Randy Wolf MIL 1 6 3 6 5 KC Luke Hochevar 20:10
Cole Hamels PHI 9 5 4 3 2 MIN P.J. Walters 20:10
Jake Peavy CHA 5 6 7 10 8 STL Lance Lynn 20:15
Brand. McCarthy OAK 4 3 4 9 7 COL Alex White 20:40
C.J. Wilson LAA 5 3 5 5 6 LAN Nathan Eovaldi* 22:10
Jason Marquis SD 1 6 1 5 3 SEA Hector Noesi 22:10
J.A. Happ HOU 6 6 6 4 7 SF Matt Cain 22:15

To learn more about Pitcher and Team NERD scores click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.


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