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Final Look at 2016 Cardinals Draft Spending

With the July 15 signing deadline for (non-senior) players taken by Major League Baseball clubs in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft almost a week in the rear-view mirror, this post is to summarize the final spending results against the pool allocation by the St. Louis Cardinals. This is, of course, based on the best information from sources such as Baseball America and MLB.com, as clubs do not announce signing amounts themselves.

Round Name Pick value Signed plus/minus
1-23 Delvin Perez $2,222,500 $2,222,500 $0
1A-33 Dylan Carlson $1,909,500 $1,350,000 $559,500
1A-34 Dakota Hudson $1,878,000 $2,000,000 ($122,000)
2-70 Connor Jones $920,100 $1,100,000 ($179,900)
3-106 Zac Gallen $563,100 $563,100 $0
4 Jeremy Martinez $421,600 $600,000 ($178,400)
5 Walker Robbins $315,600 $450,000 ($134,400)
6 Tommy Edman $236,400 $236,400 $0
7 Andrew Knizner $185,300 $185,300 $0
8 Sam Tewes $172,900 $100,000 $72,900
9 Matt Fiedler $161,700 $100,000 $61,700
10 Danny Hudzina $156,600 $3,000 $153,600
$9,143,300 $8,910,300 $233,000
plus10 rdrs > $100K Not in totals Signed
11 John Kilichowski $100,000 $200,000 ($100,000)
12 Brady Whalen $100,000 $475,000 ($375,000)
19 Daniel Castano $100,000 $130,000 ($30,000)
31 J.D. Murders $100,000 $200,000 ($100,000)
1-10 pool $9,143,300 $8,910,300
1-10-unsigned all signed $0
revised pool $9,143,300
105% total $9,600,465
“extra” $457,165
+/- all ($372,000)
no pick loss extra $ left $85,165

As the table indicates, the Cardinals finished with just over $85,000 remaining before they would have crossed the 105 percent of budget threshold, costing them a 2017 draft pick.

Of their 12 picks covered by the pool allocation of $9,143,300, four received slot value, four signed at value and four received extra. In addition, four players taken after round 10 received more than $100,000 each, with the overage applying against the pool amount.

The Cardinals could have contained the over spending for three of the latter group – John Kilichowski (11th round, pictured), Daniel Castano (19th) and J.D. Murders (31st) – with the savings from the top 10 rounds alone. In this view, all of the extra spending over the budget went to 12th rounder Brady Whalen.

There are other ways to potentially spin the Cardinals spending.

Though it was apparently not planned that way, I find it interesting that the roughly $560K saved from signing high schooler Dylan Carlson in the first round very closely approximated the extra money spent on the other three other prep players taken after him and signed – Walker Robbins, Whalen and the last player to ink his deal, Murders.

The roughly $300,000 saved going under slot on the eighth, ninth and 10th rounders was significant – roughly enough to cover the over-slot amounts given to first- and second-round picks Dakota Hudson and Connor Jones.

Overall, the Cardinals signed 34 of their 42 drafted, with the club retaining rights to two college seniors – pitcher Matt Ellis (17th round) and outfielder J.D. Crowe (23rd) for the next year.

It is also interesting that the club spent $75,000 last week to sign a non-drafted junior, infielder Matt Davis as a free agent. This occurred right as the books closed on the draft. Perhaps they decided to almost fully empty their piggy bank.

(As a reminder, you can see all signed and unsigned draftees as well as the clubs which the former have joined at the Roster Matrix, here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.)

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13 Responses to “Final Look at 2016 Cardinals Draft Spending”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Clubs are obliged to divulge dining bonuses greater than $100k. This must be required by the labor agreement. They bonus data must be available thru the commussioners office. This explains how baseball America would get the info.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Clubs likely do not tout bonuses in signing press releases. But the numbers emerge somewhere, because required by the labor agreement.
      When the numbers are pieced together as Brian has done, it is revealed that bonuses are carefully managed by the cards.
      The best final candidates for bonus money were cabiness, Burgman, murders, Bond, and Ydens. The team could go up to $285k for any of them. Murders accepted at $200k.
      We may be able to guess the other four wanted more than $285k each. We more reliably can infer each had to collect more than $185k to start pro ball now.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        By signing under $100k, Davis did not count against the extra dollars. If had elicited a stronger bidding war, the cards would have had to drop out at $185k.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    It was unusual to go above the draft slot bonus for high round collegiates. We chose to invest $480,000 precious extra dollars in Hudson, jones, and Martinez. By bidding above the budget, we got better players with these three picks.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Dakota Hudson has collected six outs in pro ball. All by strikeout! The cards knew what they were doing to slide him an extra $122k.
    Bidding must go on before the draft to reach deals in principle.
    We gave even more extra extra dollars to catcher Martinez who is also off to a strong beginning. He got a 3rd round bonus for the 4th round.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Dakota Hudson has collected six outs in pro ball. All by strikeout! The cards knew what they were doing to slide him an extra $122k.
    Bidding must go on before the draft to reach deals in principle.
    We gave even more extra extra dollars to catcher Martinez who is also off to a strong beginning. He got a 3rd round bonus for the 4th round.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    4b Hudzina had four hits today for State College. He played for two years at Palm Beach community college tat produced Tony Cruz and the great Kevin Siegrist.
    What kind of guys are the Cards looking for when they sign somebody for $3k in round 10?
    We are looking for a senior without a lot of exciting tools or they won’t sign for peanuts.
    We want somebody who will contribute in the minors because they have played a lot of ball and are well trained.
    Examples of budget savers are diekroger and Jacob Wilson. Also last year a catcher Jenner., because we need catchers to staff the minors, but we recognize some can’t hit. Accordingly we can sign somebody who will help the minors operate, but who is unlikely to reach the majors.
    Could Kudzina reach the majors? Yes, we will not hold him back. But it’s unlikely. He’s a good player, but good players plateau at AA or AAA.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      U might assume a player at western Kentucky is from Kentucky. In the case of Hudzina, this is not so. He was imported from Florida to play baseball and he hit well for the conference. He is off to a solid start with StateCollege, hitting better than Allen Craig did. It’s a tough league for hitting.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    In 2015, Plummer and Denton we’re high picks from us high schools They got blown away down in the GCL In 2016, Carlson, Robbins, Whalen, and Murders are four more. Carlson and Robbins are finding it rough.
    Why does this happen? It may owe to facing hurlers who played pro ball already in the Dominican.
    Denton has improved during 2016. Carlson and Robbins may be able to improve by next summer.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      One way to protect young hitters is to give the GCL squad a few older ringers like Young, troscler, and hunter Newman. Young was a senior from Indiana State, more experienced than many in the GCL. After finding a roster spot, the cards elevated him to State college, a normal rung given his amateur resume. Young has similarities to Hudzina, played two years at a junior college, about the same size, 3b, swing right, now hitting about the same for SC.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    Who is the greater Hungarian, Al Hrabosky or Jedd Clampett Gyorko?

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    Very interesting case. A Tilson type went to the university of Nevada. He did not get drafted in early June, because a redshirt sophomore. This made him a free agent who could be wooed by any team. He collected $725k from uncle walt’s Reds. Ten times what the cards gave to undrafted Matt Davis. Wow.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Once somebody has been passed over by the draft, then the dollars should not count against the budget for the draft. The Reds could have bonused Friedl $2mm. The sky is the limit with a true free agent.
      His stock with scouts soared based on play for a US all star team.

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