Quick Hit: Draft Bonus Pools Announced

As per MLB.com's Jim Callis, the Yankees have a total draft allotment of $5,831,200, which is the 24th highest in Major League Baseball. Their 1st round pick, 18th overall, has a slot value of $2,441,600. In 2015, those numbers were $7,885,000 and $2,543,300, respectively - the extra pool money came from a compensation pick for David Robertson signing with the White Sox. Here's a quick refresher on what these numbers actually mean (taken from the same link):

Each pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, and the total for each of a team's choices covers what it can spend without penalty in those rounds. Any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given to an individual player selected in rounds 11-40 also counts against a club's bonus pool. The amounts rise each year in accordance with Major League Baseball's revenue growth and increased by 4.62 percent compared to 2015.

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If a player chosen in the first 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value is subtracted from his club's pool. If a team surpasses its allotment, it faces penalties.

A club that exceeds its pool by 0-5 percent pays a 75 percent tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, teams forfeit future picks: a first-rounder and a 75 percent tax for going beyond their pool by more than 5 and up to 10 percent; a first- and a second-rounder and a 100 percent tax for more than 10 and up to 15 percent; and two first-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 15 percent.

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2015 Draft Update: Kaprielian Signs And More

Tomorrow is the deadline for all 2015 MLB draft picks to sign.  Here's an update on the Yankees' latest signings and a final recap of their haul from this year. - As Jason reported earlier, the Yanks have officially signed 11th round pick Josh Rogers to an above-slot $485,000 bonus plus additional money to complete his college education.  I liked the Rogers pick when it was made and I'm really glad the Yanks were able to sign him.

- As first reported by Jim Callis, the Yankees also agreed to sign their 1st round pick James Kaprielian yesterday.  The final bonus figure was $2.65 million, slightly over slot money for the spot.  Now that we know he's in, it would be awesome to see Kaprielian get a little game action before the MiL seasons end.

- Also signed to above-slot bonuses were 12th round pick Terrance Robertson (170k) and 20th round pick Isiah Gilliam (550k).  Gilliam is already playing in GCL games and has a .400/.450/.500 tripleslash in 25 PA.

- These late signings and above-slot bonuses have put the Yankees well over their spending limit this year (8.553 mil spent compared to 7.885 ml slotted).  The good news is that they fell just short of the overage amount that would have caused them to forfeit their 1st round pick next year.

- Another bit of good news is the total number of players the Yankees were able to sign.  Kaprielian puts them up to 35 players signed out of 41 drafted, which is much better than the average yearly signing haul.  Between that high volume and last year's international spending spree, the farm system will be getting plenty of new blood in the next year.

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2015 Draft Recap: Days 2 And 3

Draft Logo 2015 After making 3 picks in the first 57 on opening night, the Yankees continued their 2015 MLB draft plan execution over the last 2 days.  They made 8 picks on Tuesday and another 30 yesterday to complete the 40 rounds of action, and it'd be wrong to not at least mention a few of the highlights from these last 2 days.

Day 2- The Yankees went college-heavy on day 1 and they kept that theme going on day 2 as they worked to get the most out of their draft bonus pool.  They took 6 college players and 2 high schoolers with their 8 picks, giving them 9 college players in all out of their first 11 selections.

- While the preppies were limited, they were well-represented by the 3rd round pick, right-handed pitcher Drew Finley.  He's out of California, features a solid fastball-curveball-changeup mix, good command, and is the son of a baseball scout, so there's that "grew up around the game" thing going for him.  The Yankees were connected to him in the weeks leading up to the draft and reportedly had interest in taking him on day 1, so to get him on day 2 with the 92nd pick is pretty good value.

- 6th round pick Brandon Wagner is an interesting potential prospect.  He played second base at Howard College and hit 22 home runs in 58 games this past season.  Scouts don't think much of his defense long-term, but a lefty bat with power to all finds and a solid approach at age 19?  That's not a bad profile to work with if he signs.

- Florida Southern senior outfielder Jhalan Jackson has good size (6'3"/220) and power from the right side (20 HR in 2015), and he'll come cheap as a 7th round pick.  If his approach and natural hitting skills are good enough, that power could play at the pro level.

- The biggest pick of day 2 might have been the one the Yankees didn't make.  It seemed like a foregone conclusion that they would draft Mariano Rivera III after taking him in the 29th round last year.  He had a really good year at Iona and had turned himself into a legit prospect.  The Nationals swept in and got him in the 4th round though, 134th overall, after the Yanks elected to take college outfielder Jeff Hendrix with the 123rd pick.  Big time head scratcher there, but oh well.

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Recapping Day One of the 2015 Draft

After not having any picks in the first round of the draft last year, the Yankees had two first round picks and a second round pick last night. Not only did they have a few decisions to make on the first day, but the Yankees also had their lowest pick (16th) since 1993 (13th). Let's take a look at the newest Yankees' draftees. James KaprielianJames Kaprielian (RHP): The righty out of UCLA was widely expected to go in the middle of the first round. Much like their first pick last year, Jacob Lindgren, the Yankees chose another pitcher in Kaprielian who could be ready for the majors in very little time. Kaprielian started his collegiate career coming out of the bullpen, but in his sophomore and junior years the hurler took up the front spot in the rotation. Scouts believe he is a pretty solid bet to be a middle of the rotation guy on a major league team, making this sound like a smart pick for the Bombers.

Kaprielian is a big guy, standing at 6'4 and 200 pounds. Last year, he went 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA, leading the Pac-12 with 114 Ks in 106.2 innings, only walking 33, and holding opposing hitters to a .226 average. With four quality pitches, he throws in the low-to-mid 90s and uses a nice curve as his primary out pitch. Kaprielian also has a decent changeup and has been working on a slider, but the key is that he throws strikes and rarely leaves the ball up in the zone.

On the human interest side, Kaprielian lost his mother to breast cancer last year. As was her wish, he went ahead and pitched for USA Baseball that summer, going on to throw six scoreless innings against Chinese Taipei just days after she passed. He notched twelve Ks and was got the team's International Performance of the Year.

holderKyle Holder (SS): With the 30th pick of the draft, the Yankees took a defense-first shortstop from the University of San Diego. This pick was compensation for David Robertson signing with the White Sox during the off-season. So far, from the reports I'm seeing, I must admit I'm fighting the comparison between Holder and another defensive first round pick the Yankees made a few years ago, Cito Culver.

First the good news. Holder is probably one of the best defensive players in the entire draft. He has an above-average arm, can throw from the hole and moves well side-to-side. Holder's first love appears to be basketball, as he stated that "I never really practiced a lot playing baseball while I was playing basketball. The first baseball game was right after our last basketball game." This may account for both why he is such a solid fielder, and perhaps also why the offensive part of his game appears to be lagging.

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2015 MLB Draft Night 1 Live Blog/Open Thread

Draft Logo 2015 Welcome to the first night of the 2015 MLB Draft, sports fans!  As mentioned earlier this morning, the Yankees have 3 picks in tonight's first 2 rounds: the 16th, 30th, and 57th overall.  Neglected to mention it this morning, but that 16th pick is the highest the Yanks have picked in the 1st round since 1993, so it's fair to say this night is a little bit bigger deal than usual.

If you're trying to get some last-minute draft prep in, here are the latest mocks from Keith Law, John Sickels, Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo, and Kiley McDaniel.  I think any of the guys mentioned in any of these mock drafts would be fine picks.

We're going to let this serve as the update-able live blog to cover the Yankees' picks and any other news that may come up during the draft as well as the open thread for the night.  If we're lucky, some of our more draft-knowledgeable IIATMS staff members will join the discussion and offer some insight.  If we're not, I'll make a few bad jokes and people can continue to complain about Stephen Drew.  Either way it's going to be a hum-diddly-doo of a good time.

Draft starts in about an hour.  Yanks' first pick will come not too long after that.

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