Phillies Sign Alec Bohm and Many Others
With the current era of draft slots, the odds of a team taking a player in the top 10 rounds of the draft without signing them is extremely low. So it is not surprising that at just about a week after the draft the Phillies were able to lock up #3 overall pick Alec Bohm to a deal (as well as 19 other draftees). It is also not surprising that that the Phillies signed 6th round pick Logan Simmons, nor will it be surprising when the Phillies officially sign 9th round Dominic Pipkin. The real question was after the Phillies took Pipkin in the 9th round, how much money would they have to spend on later picks. After the Phillies took Stetson RHP Jack Perkins in the 11th it seemed they may have been out of money after likely having to give overslot bonuses to Pipkin and Simmons.
It turns out they only had to give Alec Bohm $5.85M or just under the slot for the #5 overall pick. This freed up $1.1M to spend else, and that combined with saving in the 8th and 10th rounds and the ability to cover by 5% with the amount taxed gave the Phillies about $1.7M to spend on later picks. A large chunk of that is going to go to Pipkin and Simmons (probably close to a $1-$1.1M), but that does give the Phillies some money to play with. Some has already gone to NY HS C Logan Hoppe who got $215k (90k above slot). some probably will go to HS and JuCo players like RHP Daniel Carpenter, RHP Tyler McKay, RHP Brandon Ramey, and maybe LHP Jaylen Smith to sign them away from further commitments. It should lead to a decent size draft class.
For now the only two players known to not be signing are 33rd round pick RHP Jake Kinney and 39th round pick C Mat Nelson, both of who have FSU commitments. All in all the Phillies seem to have gotten the player they wanted at 3 (Bohm) while saving enough money to make up for a lost 2nd and 3rd round pick. We will probably know in the next few days how big the rest of the bonuses are and if the Phillies have enough money left to entice the remaining high school draftees.