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  • On The Dotted Line: 17 MLB Draft First Rounders Sign Above Slot

    Among the 32 first-round selections in the '10 MLB First-Year Player Draft, 29 players signed before last night's deadline, with 17 of those picks signing for above MLB's recommended slot. The Pirates awarded the largest signing bonus in the draft to P Jameson Taillon. The $6.5M bonus marks the highest figure ever awarded to a player directly out of high school. Three players in this year's first round did not sign with their respective teams, the highest number for the first round since '89. The Tigers, who did not have a first-round pick this year, awarded a $3.45M signing bonus to SS Nick Castellanos, which marks a record for a pick outside of the first round. Listed below are signing bonuses for those first round picks who signed with their respective clubs, as well as MLB's recommended slot money for that draft position (THE DAILY).

    '10 MLB DRAFT SIGNING BONUSES FOR FIRST ROUND PICKS
    PICK
    TEAM
    PLAYER
    '10 BONUS
    '10 MLB RECOMMENDED
    SLOT MONEY
    1
    Nationals
    OF/C Bryce Harper*
    $6.25M
    $4.0M
    2
    Pirates
    P Jameson Taillon
    $6.5M
    $3.25M
    3
    Orioles
    SS Manny Machado
    $5.25M
    $3.00M
    4
    Royals
    SS Christian Colon
    $2.75M
    $2.75M
    5
    Indians
    P Drew Pomeranz
    $2.65M
    $2.52M
    6
    D'Backs
    P Barret Loux
    Did not sign
    $2.34M
    7
    Mets
    P Matt Harvey
    $2.525M
    $2.178M
    8
    Astros
    2B Delino DeShields Jr.
    $2.15M
    $2.043M
    9
    Padres
    P Karsten Whitson
    Did not sign
    $1.962M
    10
    A's
    OF Michael Choice
    $2.0M
    $1.863M
    11
    Blue Jays
    P Deck McGuire
    $2.0M
    $1.791M
    12
    Reds
    C Yasmani Grandal*
    $2.0M
    $1.719M
    13
    White Sox
    P Chris Sale
    $1.656M
    $1.656M
    14
    Brewers
    P Dylan Covey
    Did not sign
    $1.602M
    15
    Rangers
    OF Jake Skole**
    $1.557M
    $1.557M
    16
    Cubs
    P Hayden Simpson
    $1.06M
    $1.512M
    17
    Rays
    OF Josh Sale
    $1.62M
    $1.467M
    18
    Angels
    3B/P Kaleb Cowart
    $2.3M
    $1.422M
    19
    Astros
    P Mike Foltynewicz
    $1.305M
    $1.386M
    20
    Red Sox
    2B/OF Kolbrin Vitek
    $1.359M
    $1.359M
    21
    Twins
    P Alex Wimmers
    $1.332M
    $1.332M
    22
    Rangers
    C Kellin Deglan
    $1.0M
    $1.287M
    23
    Marlins
    OF Christian Yelich
    $1.7M
    $1.26M
    24
    Giants
    OF Gary Brown
    $1.45M
    $1.242M
    25
    Cardinals
    3B Zack Cox*
    $2.0M
    $1.215M
    26
    Rockies
    OF Kyle Parker
    $1.4M
    $1.197M
    27
    Phillies
    P Jesse Biddle
    $1.16M
    $1.161M
    28
    Dodgers
    P Zach Lee**
    $5.25M
    $1.134M
    29
    Angels
    P Cam Bedrosian
    $1.116M
    $1.116M
    30
    Angels
    OF Chevez Clarke
    $1.089M
    $1.089M
    31
    Rays
    C Justin O'Conner
    $1.025M
    $972,000
    32
    Yankees
    SS Cito Culver
    $954,000
    $954,000


    NOTES: * = Major league contract. ** = Two-sport contract that allows a club to spread bonus money over time period up to five years.

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