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MLB Draft Signing Deadline Winners & Losers

by Steve Garrity on Aug. 18, 2010
Now that the dust has settled and the signing deadline has passed, Draftsite.com is taking an retrospective look into the teams that we felt came out on top and on the bottom in regards to this year's Major League Baseball amateur Draft. Below is an new version of the draft winners and losers, along with a list of first/supplemental round picks who have signed as well as their bonuses for 2010.

WINNERS


Boston Red Sox

Looking back on the 2010 draft in later years, Boston may end up having had the best draft of any team. The amount of high level talent the Red Sox brought in is incredible, if not expensive. Boston was able to sign all three of their first and supplemental first round picks. Of the three, Kolbrin Vitek (20th overall, $1.36 million) and Bryce Brentz (36th overall, $889,200) are both settled in for the Lowell Spinners, which is Boston’s short-season affiliate, and Anthony Ranaudo (39th overall) may end up being the best pitcher in the entire draft. Ranaudo went to the Cape to prove his worth this summer as a player worthy of top ten money, and dominated the league to the tune of a 3-0 record, 10 hits and no earned runs in 29.2 innings. He then got his wish with a $2.55 million dollar bonus minutes before the deadline. All three players were given top ten consideration. The Sox were able to sign 14 of their top 15 picks including starting RHP Brandon Workman (2nd round, $800,000), SS Sean Coyle (3rd round, $1.3 million) who will move to second, 3B Garin Cecchini (4th round, $1.31 million) and power bat Kendrick Perkins (6th round, $625,000). All of these players garnered attention from several teams in the top two rounds, and will become some of the top players in the Red Sox system. Ninth round selection, RHP Tyler Barnette, was the only player in the top ten that Boston was unable to sign. In a system that is already rated as one of the best in baseball, the Red Sox added several top notch players that any team would be proud to have.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Leading up to draft no one was sure of what Pittsburgh would do, but the one thing some thought they were certain of was that they would stay away from high school arms early. However in the end the Pirates continued to be one of the most unpredictable teams when it comes to the draft, taking the top prep hurler on the board in Jameson Taillon with the second overall pick and gave him a bonus ($6.5 million) larger than number one overall pick, Bryce Harper. Taillon though did not receive a Major League contract or any other guarantees. Pittsburgh has traditionally been a safe team in the draft, but the new regime seems to be bucking that trend, putting as much money into the draft as possible. With their second round selection the Pirates again took one of the top high school arms in hard throwing Stetson Allie, giving him an over slot bonus of $1.1 million dollars. Allie has one of the strongest arms in the draft, and could be a potential closer down the line, though he will probably get the chance to start. Pittsburgh was also quick to bring in some much needed athleticism with third rounder Mel Rojas jr (Bonus unknown), and another high potential arm in fourth rounder, RHP Nick Kingham, going over slot again with a $485,000 bonus. Pittsburgh still has a pretty shallow system, but the last three drafts under the new regime have gone a long way towards changing that by putting the money where it needs to be and adding some much needed depth. The 2010 draft is no different, bringing in the type of arms the Pirates desperately need. Tallion will no doubt become the top prospect in the system, with Allie not too far behind.

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals have done it again. A year ago, Washington took Stephen Strasburg perhaps the greatest pitching prospect of the last 20 years, with the number one overall pick, and took the entire summer to get a deal done a mere 73 seconds before the deadline. This year, the Nationals took the top hitting prospect of the last decade, Bryce Harper, with the first pick and again went down to the deadline getting a deal done with a little less than a minute remaining. In the end, Harper and the Nationals agreed to a five year Major League contract worth $9.9 million, with a $6.25 million bonus. It is a new record contract for a batter, but it is also a huge win for Washington because the number comes in far below what Strasburg got and far below what many assumed he would end up getting from the team. The Nationals were also able to spend more money later in the draft signing second round selection, LHP Sammy Solis, to an over-slot bonus of $1 million dollars and fourth rounder, RHP AJ Cole, to the highest bonus ever given to a fourth round selection - $2 million dollars. With these moves, Harper will automatically become the best prospect in the system, potentially in all of baseball, and the Nationals bring in some nice arms with Cole, who potentially becomes the best arm in the system, and Solis to add depth to what had been a huge question mark in their system.

Honorable Mention


Los Angeles Dodgers

As soon as the selection was made, continuing all summer long, the Dodgers were ridiculed for picking Zach Lee in the first round. The least signable player in the entire draft, is what everyone kept saying, and he was only taken because they knew full well that he could not be signed. Everyone was certain this is a deal that would never get done. In the end the player who was destined to spurn the Dodgers and head to LSU to play quarterback signed at the deadline for a reported $5.25 million dollar bonus-more than enough to make anyone reconsider their original plans. The bonus is the largest ever given by the Dodgers easily besting Clayton Kershaw’s previous record of $2.3 million. The deal will also be back loaded to protect Los Angeles should Lee chose to give up baseball and headed back to football. Lee was one of the most talented players in the entire draft, a surefire top ten pick had he not been a football player. This gives the Dodgers another top arm in their system.

LOSERS


Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks have been a pretty big disappointment the entire season; the 2010 draft is no different. Arizona held the sixth overall selection in the draft, an area where top players are normally still available. Instead the Diamondbacks made a huge reach for a player that many expected to be a late first round pick, or possibly later due to some questionable medical reports. In the end the drafting of RHP Barrett Loux, turned out to be the mistake many predicted it would be. Loux ended up failing his physical, giving the Diamondbacks one more disappointing moment to look back on in 2010. The only shining light is that they will now have two top ten selections in 2011, a draft predicted to be much deeper and more talented than the 2010 class. It wouldn’t surprise me if this was their wish all along.
UPDATE:
After failing his physical for the Diamondbacks, thus ruling out any possible deal, and being ruled ineligible to return to Texas A&M by the NCAA for using an agent to negotiate with Arizona, Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that Arizona and Loux' representatives have reached an agreement regarding his status. Barret Loux will be granted free agency, officially becoming a free agent September 1st.

Chicago Cubs

Unlike Arizona, the Cubs were able to sign their first round selection, RHP Hayden Simpson. The only problem is they gave a $1.06 million bonus to a player many thought could be had in the 7-10th round range, and a player many said was not a priority at that point in the draft. The bonus does come in extremely below the slot recommendation, which worked in the Cubs' favor as they were able to sign their second rounder, the highly athletic OF, Reggie Golden, to an above slot $720,000. Hayden actually may end up being a productive player, having a fastball than can touch the mid 90’s and a solid breaking pitch- he dominated division two baseball. If that turns out to be the case, then the Cubs will be one of the biggest winners of this draft looking back, but with so many other high priority players still available, the pick has to go down as one of the worst of the 2010 draft.

San Diego Padres

In Jed Hoyer’ first year as Padres General Manager, I have to assume he wanted to make a much better impression than this. With the ninth overall selection in the 2010 draft, San Diego was predicted to go in any number of directions; the name they were connected to the most was second basemen, Kolbrin Vitek. Vitek was one of the better power bats and overall hitters in the draft and was still available when their selection arrived. In the end San Diego went for prep hurler, RHP Karsten Whitson. The choice itself is not what makes the Padres a draft loser this year, as Whitson was one of the top high school pitchers in the class. He has good size and projection at 6’4’’ and 190 lbs, to go with a mid 90’s fastball, plus breaking pitch and a solid change up. The reason they fall into this category this year is because San Diego and Whitson could not meet half way – with money seeming to be the only problem. It is easy to talk about not spending money when it isn’t yours but in Hoyer’s first year, signing your first draft choice should have been key. Like Arizona though they will receive a compensatory pick, 11th overall, in 2011.

Honorable Mention


Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers are here mainly due to bad luck. With the fourteenth overall selection this year, Milwaukee reached slightly by selecting prep pitcher, RHP Dylan Covey. There were some higher ranked players on the board, but overall it was a solid choice. Covey has decent size at 6’2’’ and 200 lbs, with a solid mix of power and off-speed in a fastball that has touched 96 and one of the best breaking pitches in the draft, a curve that sits in 78-81 range. Everything seemed to becoming together to reach a deal, but during the physical it was revealed that Covey has type 1 diabetes. In the end Covey chose not to sign with Milwaukee so he could stay closer to home, attend the University of San Diego, and learn how to handle his new diagnosis. The Brewers will receive the 17th overall selection in the 2011 draft, as compensation for not agreeing to terms with Covey.


2010 First/Supplemental round


First Round--------------------------------- Bonus
1 Washington Nationals : Bryce Harper - $6.25 Million
2 Pittsburgh Pirates: Jameson Taillon - $6.5 Million
3 Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado - $5.25 Million
4 Kansas City Royals: Christian Colon - $2,75 Million
5 Cleveland Indians: Drew Pomeranz - $2.65 Million
6 Arizona Diamondbacks: Barret Loux - DNS
7 New York Mets: Matt Harvey - $2.525 Million
8 Houston Astros: Delino DeSheilds Jr. - $2.15 Million
9 San Diego Padres: Karsten Whitson - DNS
10 Oakland Athletics: Michael Choice - $2 Million
11 Toronto Blue Jays: Deck McGuire - $2 Million
12 Cincinnati Reds: Yasmani Grandal - $3.2 Million
13 Chicago White Sox: Chris Sale - $1.656 Million
14 Milwaukee Brewers: Dylan Covey - DNS
15 Texas Rangers: Jake Skole - $1.557 Million
16 Chicago Cubs: Hayden Simpson - $1.06 Million
17 Tampa Bay Rays: Josh Sale - $1.62 Million
18 Los Angeles Angels: Kaleb Cowart - $2.3 Million
19 Houston Astros: Mike Foltynewicz - $1.3 Million
20 Boston Red Sox: Kolbrin Vitek - $1.359 Million
21 Minnesota Twins: Alex Wimmers - $1.332 Million
22 Texas Rangers: Kellin Deglan - $1 Million
23 Florida Marlins: Christian Yelich - $1.7 Million
24 San Francisco Giants: Gary Brown - $1.45 Million
25 St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Cox - $3.2 Million
26 Colorado Rockies: Kyle Parker - $1.4 Million
27 Philadelphia Phillies: Jesse Biddle - $1.16 Million
28 Los Angeles Dodgers: Zach Lee - $5.25 Million
29 Los Angeles Angels: Cam Bedrosian - $1.116 Million
30 Los Angeles Angels: Chevez Clarke - $1.089 Million
31 Tampa Bay Rays: Justin O'Conner - $1.025 Million
32) New York Yankees: Cito Culver - $954,000
Supplemental Round Bonus
33 Houston Astros: Michael Kvasnicka - $936,000
34 Toronto Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez - $775,000
35 Atlanta Braves: Matt Lipka - $800,000
36 Boston Red Sox: Bryce Brentz - $892,000
37 Los Angeles Angels: Taylor Lindsey - $873,000
38 Toronto Blue Jays: Noah Syndergaard - $600,000
39 Boston Red Sox: Anthony Ranaudo - $2.55 Million
40 Los Angeles Angels: Ryan Bolden - $829,000
41 Toronto Blue Jays: Asher Wojciechowski - $814,000
42 Tampa Bay Rays: Drew Vettleson - $845,000
43 Seattle Mariners: Taijuan Walker - $800,000
44 Detroit Tigers: Nick Castellanos - $3.45 Million
45 Texas Rangers: Luke Jackson - $1.557 Million
46 St. Louis Cardinals: Seth Blair - $751,000
47 Colorado Rockies: Peter Tago - 982,500
48 Detroit Tigers: Chance Ruffin - $1.15 Million
49 Texas Rangers: Mike Olt - $717,000
50 St. Louis Cardinals: Tyrell Jenkins - $1.3 Million