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2019 MLB draft bonus pools and pick values

2019 MLB Draft

The Arizona Diamondbacks have significantly more signing bonus pool money than any team in the 2019 MLB draft. They even have more than the Baltimore Orioles who own the No. 1 overall pick.

The Diamondbacks own seven of the first 75 picks in this year’s draft. Their bonus pool amount of $16,093,700 for the first 10 rounds is the second-largest since MLB implemented a spending limit in 2012. The Houston Astros own the largest-ever pool in history at $17,289,200 in 2015.

The assigned slot values for each pick in the first 10 rounds is nearly four percent higher than last year due to an increase in MLB’s revenue. The No. 1 overall pick’s value is up $319,000 from last year.

The Boston Red Sox won’t make their first pick until No. 44. Since they exceeded last year’s luxury-tax threshold by more than $40 million, their first-round pick fell 10 spots as a penalty.

Here are the bonus pools for each team for this year’s draft:

$16,093,700 – Diamondbacks
$13,821,300 – Orioles
$13,108,000 – Royals
$13,045,000 – Marlins
$11,565,500 – White Sox
$11,532,200 – Braves
$11,023,100 – Rangers
$10,758,900 – Padres
$10,402,500 – Tigers
$10,333,800 – Rays
$9,944,000 – Pirates
$9,905,800 – Twins
$9,528,600 – Reds
$8,714,500 – Giants
$8,463,300 – Blue Jays
$8,224,600 – Mets
$8,069,100 – Dodgers
$7,608,700 – Angels
$7,559,000 – Mariners
$7,455,300 – Yankees
$7,092,300 – Rockies
$6,903,500 – Cardinals
$6,475,800 – Phillies
$6,148,100 – Indians
$5,979,600 – Nationals
$5,826,900 – Cubs
$5,605,900 – Athletics
$5,355,100 – Astros
$5,148,200 – Brewers
$4,788,100 – Red Sox

Here are the suggested pick values for the first round:

1. Orioles: $8,415,300
2. Royals: $7,789,900
3. White Sox: $7,221,200
4. Marlins: $6,664,000
5. Tigers: $6,180,700
6. Padres: $5,742,900
7. Reds: $5,432,400
8. Rangers: $5,176,900
9. Braves: $4,949,100 (Compensation for not signing Carter Stewart)
10. Giants: $4,739,900
11. Blue Jays: $4,547,500
12. Mets: $4,366,400
13. Twins: $4,197,300
14. Phillies: $4,036,800
15. Angels: $3,885,800
16. Diamondbacks: $3,745,500
17. Nationals: $3,609,700
18. Pirates: $3,481,300
19. Cardinals: $3,359,000
20. Mariners: $3,242,900
21. Braves: $3,132,300
22. Rays: $3,027,000
23. Rockies: $2,926,800
24. Indians: $2,831,300
25. Dodgers: $2,740,300
26. Diamondbacks: $2,653,400 (Compensation for not signing Matt McLain)
27. Cubs: $2,570,100
28. Brewers: $2,493,900
29. Athletics: $2,424,600
30. Yankees: $2,365,500
31. Dodgers: $2,312,000 (Compensation for not signing J.T. Ginn)
32. Astros: $2,257,300

Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for four years. He’s interviewed 133 of the top draft prospects in that period, including three No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he’s appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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