A recent article from FanGraphs has revealed the slot bonus values of all 30 Major League Baseball teams for the 2019 draft. At the top of the list is the Arizona Diamondbacks, with $16,093,700 earmarked due to a surplus of compensation and competitive balance picks. The table culminates with the Boston Red Sox, assigned only $4,788,100 and the last picks of each round throughout the draft due to their World Series triumph last fall.
The Detroit Tigers landed ninth on the list at $10,402,500, despite being in the No. 5 slot for their draft selection. This is due to the absence of any additional picks from qualifying offers or competitive balance — essentially the opposite situation as the Diamondbacks. The slot value for the Tigers’ first round selection is $6,180,700. The Tigers’ 292nd pick in the 10th round, the last round with bonus money appropriated, is allocated $147,000.
The Tigers had a bonus pool of roughly $12.4 million for the 2018 MLB draft, most of which was allocated to the No. 1 overall pick, which they used on righthander Casey Mize. The difference between the slot values at the No. 1 and No. 5 picks in 2018 was just over $2 million, or roughly the same difference between Detroit’s bonus pool from 2018 to 2019.
With a decent chunk of cash to work with, the front office should have enough to spread around to their draftees, and maybe even get creative with an over/under slot value signing or two somewhere along the line. Below is the complete table of all 30 MLB teams and their respective total draft bonus pools.
The FanGraphs article also contains the entire 2019 draft order for the first 10 rounds and individual slot values listed below the table posted above. The 2019 MLB draft will be held from June 3-5, 2019 and can be viewed on MLB Network and MLB.com.