We knew on Thursday night that the Dodgers reached agreement with Jeff Brigham, their fourth-round pick out of Washington, because the right-handed pitcher tweeted about his Field of Dreams moment.
That moment when you get to go out on the street and play catch with your dad after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.— Jeff Brigham (@Jbrigs34) June 13, 2014
We just didn't have an amount yet, but now we do. Brigham reportedly signed for $396,300, the full slot value for pick No. 129, per Jim Callis of MLB.com. It seems a tad surprising that Brigham signed for full slot value, a four-year player with a Tommy John surgery in his past (that wiped out his 2013 season) who struck out only 45 batters in 90 innings in 2014.
But Brigham did have some leverage as a redshirt junior, in that he could have returned to school. Also the Dodgers like his stuff; Callis noted Brigham's 96-mph sinking fastball, and Baseball America noted Brigham's extreme ground ball tendencies, his late movement and that he has reached 97 mph.
All signs continue to point to bonus money getting saved for some sort of over-slot offer to No. 1 pick Grant Holmes, No. 22 overall, but that savings will have to come from picks six through 10 since the second through fifth-round picks all signed for full slot value. Here is a look at the Dodgers draft bonus pool based on what we know now:
|Dodgers 2014 Draft Bonus Pool|
|Bonuses over $100,000 (rounds 11-40)||$0||$0||$0|
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