* The signing deadline is one week away, and I’ve finally gotten around to updating the draft picks page. The Phillies have signed 7 of their first 9 picks (Colvin and Hudson remain), and have signed 31 of their 49 picks. Check below the fold for more
* According to Baseball America’s draft database, Inch’s bonus was $300,000. As I’ve outlined before, for picks after the first five rounds, the general guideline is nothing more than $150,000, and the normal averages are anywhere from $25,000-$100,000. So you can look at this as 1.5-2x the recommended guidelines. 8th rounder Jonathon Singleton received $200,000, or about double what you’d expect the average 8th rounder to receive. 9th rounder Aaron Altherr received $150,000, which is right at the top end of what is “recommended” by the Commish. 5th rounder Matt Way and 10th rounder Josh Zied both signed for much less than the recommended figures.
* To this point, the Phillies have spent $1.37M on the bonuses that have been reported. This figure isn’t exact, as some of the later guys have received 4 figure deals that don’t get factored in, but this number is fine for comparison to last year. Last year, when the Phillies had 4 more picks than 2009, they spent $6.5M on bonuses. So, just looking at that, they’ve spent $5M less this year. If the draft budget was unchanged from last year, they’d have enough money to sign the rest of their picks in the first 40 rounds.
* The biggest prizes are still the same; Hudson, Colvin, Stewart and Susac. As I mentioned the other day, the Pirates announced the signing of 8th rounder Colton Cain for $1.13M. Today it was announced the Pirates also came to terms with 6th rounder Zach Von Rosenberg for $1.2M. ZVR was ranked #2 in Louisiana and #41 overall, while Brody Colvin was ranked #3 in Louisiana and #43 overall. The blueprint is now right there for Colvin’s agent. $1.2M and Brody should be Phillies property.
The overslot deals are starting to filter in, and will do so for the next week. I expect one or two signings this week, and maybe one more on the last day of the signing period. Hudson looks like a lock, which leaves the three-headed monster of Colvin, Stewart and Susac remaining. Should be a fun week of anticipation. The money is clearly there to sign them, its up to the Phillies brass to do whats right for the team and not worry about Bud Selig getting angry. That horse is already out of the barn, as the Pirates have demonstrated.