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Indians 2019 draft tracker: Who has signed so far, and for how much?

An update on which Indians draft picks have agreed to a deal.

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Every pick through the end of round 10 of the MLB draft has a slot value. This is sort of a recommended signing bonus for each of those picks. The number one overall pick has a slot value of $8.42 million this year, all the way down to the final few picks of the 10th round, which have a slot value of $142,200. Teams can still sign their draft picks for however much they want, but if their total expenditures on players in the first 10 rounds exceeds the combined slot value of those picks, they are fined. If they exceed their budget by more than 5 percent, they forfeit a pick in next year’s draft.

It is important that teams draft some players they expect to sign for “below slot.” College seniors are the most likely players to do that, as they don’t have the option of staying in school and waiting to be drafted again. Drafting (and signing) such players frees up room to go “over slot” for players who aren’t going to sign unless there’s enough money on the table. This mostly applies to top high school players, all of whom have scholarship offers they can take instead of signing.

The Indians had 10 draft picks before the end of round 10 this year. They drafted six high school players with those picks, and four college players. Only one of those college players in the first 10 rounds was a senior. For 2018, the Indians’ total draft pool amount was $6,155,900. If they choose to use their 5 percent allowance (something they did last year), their draft pool amount is $6,463,695.

Here are those players, along with other pertinent information, the most important item being whether or not they’ve agreed to a deal yet, and if so, whether it’s above or below their slot value:

Top 10 Rounds Bonus Tracker

Round Pick Player Position School Slot Value Actual Bonus Difference
Round Pick Player Position School Slot Value Actual Bonus Difference
1 24 Daniel Espino RHP Georgia Premier Academy $2,830,000 $2,500,000 $330,000
2 63 Yordys Valdes SS McArthur HS $1,080,000 $1,001,000 $79,000
3 101 Joseph Naranjo 1B Rueben S. Ayala HS $577,000 $770,000 -$193,000
4 130 Christian Cairo SS Calvary Christian HS $434,300 $955,000 -$520,700
5 160 Hunter Gaddis RHP Georgia State $324,100 $415,000 -$90,900
6 190 Jordan Brown SS Junipero Serra HS $251,100 $230,000 $21,100
7 220 Xzavion Curry RHP Georgia Tech $197,300 $125,000 $72,300
8 250 Will Brennan CF Kansas State $169,300 $169,300 $0
9 280 Will Bartlett C IMG Academy $150,300
10 310 Zach Hart RHP Franklin Pierce University ( $142,500 $5,000 $137,500
11-40 $0
Total Spent Remaining
$6,155,900 $6,170,300 -$14,400

The first 10 rounds of the MLB draft aren’t the only ones that matter, of course. The Tribe have hit some home runs in previous years on day three, which is composed of rounds 11-40. Since 2017, any player drafted in rounds 11-40 can be offered up to $125,000 to sign. They’re allowed to offer more than $125,000, of course, but the extra money will be deducted from the team’s total draft pool for rounds 1-10. In rounds 11-40, the Indians drafted 7 high school players, 22 college players and one community college player.

Here are how rounds 11-40 have panned out thus far and who has signed:

Rounds 11-40 Draft Tracker

Round Pick Player Position School Signed? Bonus
Round Pick Player Position School Signed? Bonus
11 340 Nick Mikolajchak RHP Sam Houston State Yes
12 370 Allan Hernandez RHP Miami Christian Schoo Yes
13 400 Micah Pries CF Point Loma Nazarene University Yes
14 430 Ike Freeman SS North Carolina
15 460 Trey Benton RHP East Carolina Yes
16 490 Jordan Jones RHP Washington Yes
17 520 Julian Escobedo CF San Diego State Yes
18 550 Matt Waldron RHP Nebraska Yes
19 580 Kevin Kelly RHP James Madison University Yes
20 610 Nic Enright RHP Virginia Tech Yes
21 640 Michael Amditis C Miami Yes
22 670 Austin Pinorini C Gonzaga Yes
23 700 Chandler Fidel LHP University of Arkansas - Little Rock Yes
24 730 Joab Gonzalez SS New Mexico JC Yes
25 760 Eric Mock RHP Penn State Yes
26 790 Armani Sanchez SS Ronald Reagan HS
27 820 Landy Pena SS Leadership Christian Academy
28 850 Serafino Brito RHP Rutgers Yes
29 880 Nate Ocker RHP College of Charleston Yes
30 910 Jonathan French C Parkview H
31 940 Jared Janczak RHP TCU Yes
32 970 Andrew Misiaszek RHP Northeastern Yes
33 1000 Kevin Coulter RHP Mercer Yes
34 1030 Alec Wisely RHP South Florida Yes
35 1060 Randy Labaut LHP Arizona Yes
36 1090 Ryan Ramsey LHP Pascack Hills HS
37 1120 Jacob Forrester RHP Central Washington Yes
38 1150 Jake Eissler RHP TCU
39 1180 Jake Harrell LHP Sanger HS
40 1210 Cy Nielson LHP Spanish Fork HS