Just two weeks ago the Royals made their 2015 draft selections. While some remain unsigned, thanks to the new earlier draft signing deadline many players are under contract and have already made their pro debut.
Perhaps most importantly, the Royals have inked deals with all of their picks from the first ten rounds. This means that the Royals don't have an outstanding slot money under question, and know what they have to spend on guys past the tenth round (which anything over $100K would affect their overall pool).
Here's how the Top 10 looks:
|Round||Pick||Player||BA Rank||Slot Value||Contract||Assigned|
|5||159||Roman Collins||N/A||$322,700||$275,000||Idaho Falls|
|6||189||Cody Jones||306||$241,700||$150,000||Idaho Falls|
|Total||Pool + 5%||$7,567,035||$7,192,300|
We know the contracts for everybody except Cody Jones who's season just ended a few days ago in the College World Series. He's a college senior so he's at most going to get the slot value, but likely lower. I just used $150,000 for his slot. It could be more, it could be less.
How about the rest of the picks?
|14||429||Nick Dini||N/A||Signed||Idaho Falls|
|17||519||Matt Portland||N/A||Signed||Idaho Falls|
|18||549||Brian Bayliss||N/A||Signed||Idaho Falls|
|22||669||Stephen Milligan||N/A||Signed||Idaho Falls|
Michigan infielder Travis Maezes recently signed for $200,000, of which $100,000 of that comes from the bonus pool, leaving the Royals with $275,000 to spend on the other slots once you include the 5% overage limit for their pool.
So where can they spend that money?
Marquise Doherty Winnetonka HS - 15th round, 459th overall
This one is probably not happening unless the Royals want to lose their pick next year or in 2017. Assuming they have ~$475K (the total pool left over plus the $100K slot) I'm not sure that buys Doherty out of his Mizzou commit. It sure would be great if the draft and follow rule was still around (which of course Doherty would have to go to JuCo).
Jeff Harding Chipola JC - 20th round, 609th overall
Harding has a near double-plus fastball and a good curveball. He's a reliever all the way, but the Royals have a nice little track record of finding a later round college reliever (Greg Holland, Aaron Brooks, Michael Mariot, Blaine Hardy, Spencer Patton).