LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made a couple key draft pick signings on Wednesday, coming to terms with both fifth-round pitcher Devin Smeltzer and 11th-round pitcher A.J. Alexy.
Alexy is a high school signing out of Pennsylvania, luring him away from attending Radford University with a reported signing bonus of $600,000 per Jim Callis of MLB.com. Of that, $497,500 counts against the Dodgers' bonus pool (more on that in a minute).
Smeltzer pitched for San Jacinto Junior College North in Texas and had he not turned pro would have attended Texas Tech.
With these two bonuses known, the Dodgers should be $184,800 over slot, but in reality they are $162,300 over slot (and possibly as low as $154,800 over), because there are some discrepancies in previously reported bonuses and the MLB.com draft tracker, which shows seven different Dodgers picks with bonuses $2,500 less than previously reported, plus Alexy and Smeltzer.
The reason? Andrew Friedman:
That leaves just one unsigned player in the top 10 rounds — pitcher Jordan Sheffiield out of Vanderbilt, taken No. 36 overall with a slot value of $1,791,000. That gives us an idea what the Dodgers have to work with as they try to sign other players taken in later rounds, possibly including high school pitcher and 12th-round pick Graham Ashcraft.
The Dodgers can go up to $466,824 over slot without losing a future first-round draft pick, so there is still room to spend. A little over $300,000 over slot to play with, in fact.
The Dodgers have not officially announced the signings of either Alexy or Smeltzer, but they did announce the signing of 34th-round pick Joel Toribio, a right-handed pitcher out of Division II Western Oklahoma State College.
The 6'6 right-hander put up a 5.73 ERA in 15 appearances and 37⅔ innings in 2016, but also struck out 55 batters.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers also announced the signing of 30th-round catcher Ramon Rodriguez out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.
Twenty-six of the Dodgers' 42 picks have now signed, including 11 of the top 12.