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Dodgers well positioned under slot to sign remaining impact 2016 draft picks

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The Dodgers gave 14th-round pick Dean Kremer out of UNLV a reported $147,500.
The Dodgers gave 14th-round pick Dean Kremer out of UNLV a reported $147,500.
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The Dodgers total draft picture is becoming a little more clear, with a few more reported bonuses for some of the club's 2016 picks. With only two picks in the top 10 rounds unsigned, the club is well-equipped to land at least one of their big-ticket high school pitchers drafted in the 11th and 12th rounds.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reported on four players signed by the Dodgers, including well below slot money for ninth-rounder Anthony Gonsolin and 10th-rounder Kevin Lachance.

(he meant Dodgers here, not Angels)

For players drafted after the 10th round, any amount over $100,000 counts toward the total bonus pool. In other words, $47,500 for Kremer and $22,500 for Morales gets added to the Dodgers bonus total.

So far, with 14 known bonuses, including 10 of the first 12 picks, the Dodgers are $484,100 under their allotted $9,336,500 bonus pool. Given that as long as the club doesn't reach five percent over the pool they won't lose a draft pick, the Dodgers can actually go up to $466,824 over slot in total (assuming they sign all top 12 picks), giving them effectively $950,924 in over-slot money to use.

The two unsigned picks in the top 10 rounds are Competitive Balance Round A pick Jordan Sheffield, picked No. 36 overall with a slot value of $1,791,000; and fifth-round pick Devin Smeltzer, with a slot value of $331,100 at pick No. 161.

It means the Dodgers likely have an excellent chance to sign at least one of A.J. Alexy and Graham Ashcraft, two high school pitchers taken in the 11th and 12th rounds, respectively. Alexy, who is reportedly in Arizona on Monday, was ranked the No. 327 prospect before the draft by Baseball America, while Ashcraft was ranked No. 175.

To date the Dodgers have signed 22 of their 42 picks from the 2016 MLB Draft, with 18 officially announced by the club.

The deadline to sign 2016 draft picks is Friday, July 15.