Recapping The 2008 MLB Draft Deadline

The signing deadline for players selected by MLB organizations in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft has passed.  On Thursday, I looked at which players had yet to sign, including Buster Posey, who was predicted to garner a rather large $7.5 million bonus.  It turns out that he received much less: $6.2 million.  The bonus is still the largest of the draft, edging out #1 overall pick, Tim Beckham, who received $6.15 million.

On to my notes:

  • As I mentioned in the comments of the Thursday post, Gerrit Cole will go to UCLA instead of the Yankees.
  • I errored in the Thursday post.  Aaron Crow was actually being advised by Randy Hendricks.  Besides Crow, the other two first round players that did not sign are Boras clients (the aforementioned Cole and Josh Fields).
  • Every pick in the Supplemental 1st round, 6th round, and 8th round signed with the teams that chose them.
  • Watch out for UGA.  Georgia will receive two highly touted players who did not sign: Chase Davidson (3rd round) and Zach Cone (Supplemental 3rd round).
  • Robbie Ross ended up being the highest paid player in the second round – $1.575 million.  The Texas Rangers will be happy to pay the left-handed pitcher.
  • The highest paid fourth round player is no longer a tie.  Tim Melville, who would have been picked much higher minus his demand for big money, ended up receiving $1.250 million from the Royals.
  • Adrian Nieto’s $376k in the fifth round was impressive until the Red Sox pushed over a cool $2 million to Ryan Westmoreland.
  • The Pirates spent big money in the sixth round on Robbie Grossman – $1 million.
  • A bunch of unsigned tenth rounders will be going to California schools.

If you want to get an early start on tracking the guys that we will be discussing around this time next year, tune in to ESPNU tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 p.m. EST to watch the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game.

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