LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers confirmed the signings of three draft picks on Friday, the final day to sign 2015 draft picks. We knew about first-rounder Walker Buehler and sixth-rounder Edwin Rios, and the loss of supplemental first-round pick Kyle Funkhouser, who decided to return to school. But because of that Funkhouser decision, the Dodgers were able to sign another high school pick on Friday.
The Dodgers inked Logan Crouse, a 30th-round pick out of Bloomingdale High School in Florida, for a $500,000 bonus.
Crouse, a 6'6, 220-pound right-handed pitcher, posted a 0.17 ERA in his senior season. Crouse also played football and basketball in high school. He was committed to play college ball at Florida State.
"You take everything that kind of makes Logan who he is, and you start thinking about three years, four years of added development, and if that progression takes place, you're talking about a possible frontline guy in the big leagues," his coach Kris Wilken told the Tampa Bay Times in June. "Whether that route goes through Florida State or the minor league, I don't think that really matters."
Any bonus amount over $100,000 for picks in the 11th round and later count toward the bonus pool, so $400,000 of Crouse's bonus counts toward the Dodgers' bonus pool. I have confirmed that the Dodgers remained just under the five percent overage threshold and will not forfeit a 2016 first-round draft pick.
Note: our draft tracker has the Dodgers at 5.07 percent over their pool, but that just means one of the other reported bonuses is slightly off. The Dodgers will not be losing a draft pick.
The $400,000 overage give us an idea of how much the Dodgers had to work with when negotiating with Funkhouser, who was picked at No. 35 overall, which came with a slot value of $1,756,100.
"On draft day we got to the 35th pick and he was the top guy on our board and we took him. That's how a draft is supposed to work," general manager Farhan Zaidi said on Friday. "When it came time to negotiating, his representatives felt he was a top-10 pick. Our position was that if he was a top-10 pick he would have been picked there."
The slot value for the No. 10 pick this year was $3,231,300.
"Ultimately we made what we thought was an aggressive offer," Zaidi said.
The Dodgers were informed Friday morning that Funkhouser would not sign with them, which gave them time to work out a deal for Crouse.
The Dodgers signed 35 of their 42 picks this year.