The Dodgers on Thursday reportedly came to terms with shortstop Gavin Lux, their first-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, per Jon Heyman as well as Jim Callis of MLB.com, who both reported Lux will receive a $2.317 million bonus to sign.
Lux was committed to play college baseball at Arizona State, but on June 9 he sounded like someone ready to skip college.
"I definitely want to play professional baseball. I'm kind of set on doing that," Lux said. "For me I just want to get out there and get going as soon as possible. I'm pumped up to start my career right now."
The 6'2, 175-pound Lux dominated during his senior season at Indian Trail High School in Kenosha, Wisc., hitting .531 with 10 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 23 stolen bases in 26 games. The left-handed batter also walked 29 times against only two strikeouts.
The allotted slot value for the No. 20 overall pick was $2,316,300, so the Dodgers spent $700 more. The club is reportedly $9,000 over slot with the four known signing bonuses to date.
The Dodgers have not announced any draft signings to date.
Officially a Dodger! Can't thank them enough for letting me continue to follow my dream! @Dodgers pic.twitter.com/VVaqUMKrUS— Gavin Lux (@TheRealGavinLux) June 17, 2016
The Dodgers already spent $409,200 over slot to sign third-round pick Dustin May, another high schooler. The club would ideally like to sign two more prep pitchers they drafted in the 11th and 12th rounds, with A.J. Alexy and Graham Aschcraft likely requiring sizable bonuses to forego commitments to Radford and Mississippi State, respectively.
For picks after the 10th round, any amount of a signing bonus over $100,000 counts against the total bonus pool.
"It always gets trickier as you go down the draft the signability part of the equation gets harder and harder. How many guys we'll be able to take, I don't know," Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said on June 9, when only the first two rounds of the draft were complete. "I hope these high school kids' demands are reasonable and we can go get some more."
One pick who won't sign is outfielder Cole Freeman, selected in the 18th round. He announced on Twitter on Thursday that he would return to college rather than turn pro.
"A dream come true for me and my family when I was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. I can't thank them enough for the opportunity they gave me to reach a childhood dream but I have decided to come back to LSU for my senior year," Freeman wrote. "Looking forward to getting back to work with my teammates, playing in front of the best fans in college baseball and getting back on the road to Omaha."
The deadline to sign draft picks is Thursday, July 15.