Daily Notes, With Updated Updates on First-Rounders

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

1. Updated Update: First-Round Signees
2. Notes on Allotted Bonus Pools and Penalties
3. Video for No Reason: Stryker Trahan

Updated Update: First-Round Signees
A Note on the Following
A little less than a month ago, 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) photographs of the present author posing sensually without a shirt but with a giant snake.

What follows is that same table, updated to include signings that’ve occurred in the interim. The photos of the author, considered too hot for the whole internet, have been woefully omitted.

Note: the deadline to sign draft picks this year is July 13th, or roughly a month earlier than in recent seasons.

Table: 2012 First-Round Draft Signees
The following information has been aggregated from Baseball America and MLB Trade Rumors. Draftees who have begun their professional careers possess hyperlinks to relevant FanGraphs players pages (although Stryker Trahan’s page is oddly bereft of data, for some reason). Players marked with an asterisk (*) have signed since last update.


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  
Mike Zunino Seattle C 3 $5.200 $4.000 *
Kyle Zimmer Kansas City RHP 5 $3.500 $3.000  
Albert Almora Chicago NL OF 6 $3.250 $3.900 *
Max Fried San Diego LHP 7 $3.000 $3.000 *
David Dahl Colorado OF 10 $2.700 $2.600  
Addison Russell Oakland SS 11 $2.625 $2.625 *
Gavin Cecchini New York NL SS 12 $2.550 $2.300  
Courtney Hawkins Chicago AL OF 13 $2.475 $2.475 *
Nick Travieso Cincinnati RHP 14 $2.375 $2.000  
Tyler Naquin Cleveland OF 15 $2.250 $1.750 *
D.J. Davis Toronto OF 17 $2.000 $1.750  
Corey Seager Los Angeles NL 3B 18 $1.950 $2.350 *
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  
Marcus Stroman Toronto RHP 22 $1.800 $1.800 *
James Ramsey St. Louis OF 23 $1.775 $1.600 *
Deven Marrero Boston SS 24 $1.750 $2.050 *
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  
Brian Johnson Boston LHP 31 $1.575 $1.575 *

Notes on Allotted Bonus Pools and Penalties
What the Reader Might Notice
The vigilant reader might notice that, while there were zero of them before, there are now three first-round draftees — Albert Almora with the Cubs, Corey Seager with the Dodgers, and Deven Marrero with the Red Sox — to have signed for an amount greater than that designated by the league.

Reminder: Penalties for Exceeding Bonus Pool
As a reminder, here are the penalties for a club that goes over its allotted pool amount (per Biz of Baseball):

0-5%: 75% tax on overage
5-10%: 75% tax on overage and loss of 1st round pick
10-15%: 100% tax on overage and loss of 1st and 2nd round picks
15%+: 100% tax on overage and loss of 1st round picks in next two drafts

Three Notes on Bonus Pools
Below is need-to-know information regarding three teams that have exceeded their allotted bonus-pool spending for the first 10 rounds.

According to Baseball America’s Jim Callis, the signing of Almora put the Cubs slightly above their allotted bonus pool, and the club will have to pay a tax for that reason, but will not lose any picks.

According to Jim Callis, again, the Dodgers’ signing of Corey Seager put the team $98,500 over budget for their signed picks in the first 10 rounds — with left-handed pitcher Paco Rodriguez, their second-round pick out of Florida, still yet to sign. Chad Moriyama reports that Rodriguez has now signed at the allotted slot value, meaning the Dodgers will pay tax but lose no picks.

According to Alex Speier of WEEI, the Red Sox, in signing Brian Johnson, also exceeded their allotted draft pool for the first 10 rounds, but, like the Cubs, will only receive the 75% tax.

Video for No Reason: Stryker Trahan
Here, apropos of nothing in particular and courtesy Baseball America, is video of Diamondbacks draftee Stryker Trahan, currently slashing .321/.431/.528 with an 11:13 walk-to-strikeout ratio and two homers in 65 plate appearances in the Arizona League.




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7 Responses to “Daily Notes, With Updated Updates on First-Rounders”

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  1. jess says:

    great work

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  2. jess says:

    but thought you were ranking the #HRDerby kid outfielders based on UZR?

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  3. Brazen Reader says:

    “…there are now three first-round draftees … to have signed”

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  4. byron says:

    Wait, do penalties cap at 2 first rounders? Seems like you could pick every tough-sign guy one year, go WAY over, and essentially punt your next two drafts. Wouldn’t be worth it in ’12 or ’13, but might have been in ’11.

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  5. Brazen Reader says:

    Pretty cool article at WSJ on catching knucklers, not statistic focused but rich with anecdote, testimony and tragic failure: here

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  6. Pacoheadley says:

    Look at Addison Russell so far… Great start.

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  7. SouthPawRyno says:

    Trahan looks just like Miguel Montero!

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