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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 PICKSPICKTEAMPLAYER'10 BONUS'10 MLB RECOMMENDED
SLOT MONEY1NationalsOF/C Bryce Harper*$6.25M$4.0M2PiratesP Jameson Taillon$6.5M$3.25M3OriolesSS Manny Machado$5.25M$3.00M4RoyalsSS Christian Colon$2.75M$2.75M5IndiansP Drew Pomeranz$2.65M$2.52M6D'BacksP Barret LouxDid not sign$2.34M7MetsP Matt Harvey$2.525M$2.178M8Astros2B Delino DeShields Jr.$2.15M$2.043M9PadresP Karsten WhitsonDid not sign$1.962M10A'sOF Michael Choice$2.0M$1.863M11Blue JaysP Deck McGuire$2.0M$1.791M12RedsC Yasmani Grandal*$2.0M$1.719M13White SoxP Chris Sale$1.656M$1.656M14BrewersP Dylan CoveyDid not sign$1.602M15RangersOF Jake Skole**$1.557M$1.557M16CubsP Hayden Simpson$1.06M$1.512M17RaysOF Josh Sale$1.62M$1.467M18Angels3B/P Kaleb Cowart$2.3M$1.422M19AstrosP Mike Foltynewicz$1.305M$1.386M20Red Sox2B/OF Kolbrin Vitek$1.359M$1.359M21TwinsP Alex Wimmers$1.332M$1.332M22RangersC Kellin Deglan$1.0M$1.287M23MarlinsOF Christian Yelich$1.7M$1.26M24GiantsOF Gary Brown$1.45M$1.242M25Cardinals3B Zack Cox*$2.0M$1.215M26RockiesOF Kyle Parker$1.4M$1.197M27PhilliesP Jesse Biddle$1.16M$1.161M28DodgersP Zach Lee**$5.25M$1.134M29AngelsP Cam Bedrosian$1.116M$1.116M30AngelsOF Chevez Clarke$1.089M$1.089M31RaysC Justin O'Conner$1.025M$972,00032YankeesSS 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.