The Dodgers have reportedly signed their 12th-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, right-handed pitcher Kam Uter out of Pace Academy in Atlanta. Uter was one of just eight high school players drafted by the Dodgers, and the two-sport star was committed to play baseball and wide receiver in football at Wake Forest.
Instead he will get a $200,000 bonus to sign with the Dodgers, per Jim Callis of MLB.com, who described Uter (in the tiny confines of a tweet) as "athletic" with a fastball between 92-94 mph.
The 6'4, 205-pound Uter was signed by Dodgers scout Lon Joyce. Here is video of Uter pitching in a game on April 9:
With Uter in the fold, the Dodgers have signed 31 of their 40 draft picks, including each of the top 18.
Any bonus amounts over $100,000 for picks in and after the 11th round count against a team's allotted draft bonus pool, meaning half of Uter's bonus will count against the Dodgers draft cap.
Here is a look at the Dodgers' draft bonus pool:
|Dodgers 2014 Draft Bonus Pool|
|Bonuses over $100,000 (rounds 11-40):
RHP Kam Uter (12th round)
In 2013, the Dodgers paid bonus larger than $100,000 to two draft picks: 11th-rounder Spencer Navin ($300,000; $200,000 of which counted against the bonus pool) and 17th-rounder Greg Harris ($175,000; $75,000 toward the bonus). The Dodgers are now $200,900 over slot, which will be subject to a 75 percent tax on the overage.
Here are the penalties for going over slot:
|Excess amount||Dodgers 2014 range||Penalties|
|0-4.99%||$4,947,701 - $5,195,084||75% tax on overage|
|5-9.99%||$5,195,085 - $5,442,469||75% tax on overage
loss of first round pick
|10-14.99%||$5,442,470 - $5,689,854||100% tax on overage
loss of first and second round picks
|15%+||$5,689,855+||100% tax on overage
loss of first round picks in next two drafts
|Per collective bargaining agreement|
For now, the Dodgers' penalties amount to $150,675 (75 percent of their $200,900 overage). Any bonus amounts over $100,000 for picks after the 10th round will be subject to penalty as well. As long as the Dodgers' overage doesn't reach $247,385 (five percent over their allotted amount), they won't forfeit a draft pick.
That means the Dodgers now have an extra $46,484 in bonus money to add to the $100,000 max for their remaining unsigned draft picks before getting into the real punitive penalties.
The deadline to sign 2014 draft picks is July 18.