(7-5-18) Ft. Recovery’s Nick Thwaits did quite well with his signing bonus of $450,000, with the Padres pool of bonus signing money the 7th highest this season at $10,462,000. Bonus signing pools are based on a major league baseball formula is set up on several different factors.
When you consider that any bonus money above $125,000 given to an individual player picked in rounds 11-40 counts against a team’s signing bonus pool, Thwaits (15th round) signing bonus cost the Padres $325,000 against their allotment.
Taking a look at two other recent Padre signings, Supplemental 2nd-rounder Grant Little (Texas Tech) signed for $800,000, while 12th-rounder Sean Guilbe (Tennessee commit) signed for $300,000…which is $150,000 less than Thwaits who was selected three rounds later in the 15th round.
Take a look at some recent signings of players from the 1st round to the 40th round.
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1st-rder Nick Madrigal’s agreement for $6,411,400 bonus as No. 4 overall pick by @whitesox
1st-rder Jonathan India signs w/@Reds for $5.3 million (pick 5 value = $5,946,400). Florida 3B, solid all-around tools, SEC Player of the Year. Possible SS as a pro?
1st-rder Noah Naylor signs w/@Indians for $2,578,138 (pick 29 value = $2,332,700). Canadian HS C, one of best prep combos of bat & power in @MLBDraft, solid arm behind plate. Brother of Josh, Texas A&M recruit.
1st-rder Mason Denaburg signs w/@Nationals for $3 million (pick 27 value = $2,472,700). Florida HS RHP, potential top-10 pick before biceps tendinitis, fastball to 97 mph, power breaking ball, feel for changeup too. Florida recruit. @MLBDraft
Supplemental 2nd-rder Grant Little signs w/@Padres for $800k (pick 74 value = $812,200). Texas Tech OF, advanced bat, gap power, solid runner. Wonder if Padres will try to play him at CF or 2B, which could enhance his value. @MLBDraft
4th-rder Eric Cole signs w/@Royals for $500k (pick 122 value = $451,200). Arkansas OF, switch-hitter with pop, could be average tools across the board.
5th-rder Steven Kwan signs w/@Indians for $185k (pick 163 value = $303,400). Oregon State OF, @NCAACWS champion, contact hitter w/solid speed & CF defense.
12th-rder Sean Guilbe signs w/@Padres for $300k ($175k counts vs bonus pool). Pennsylvania HS INF, power potential is his best attribute, has enough arm for 3B, which may be his best fit. Tennessee recruit
14th-rder Korey Holland signs w/@Indians for $515k ($390k counts vs bonus pool). Texas HS OF, plus speed, solid CF, nice line-drive approach at plate. Texas recruit.
14th-rder Michael Byrne signs w/@Reds for $260k ($135k counts vs bonus pool). Florida RHP, terrific command of low-90s fastball & solid slider, great college closer, might be able to start in pro ball.
15th-rder Nick Thwaits signs w/@Padres for $450k ($325k counts vs bonus pool). Ohio HS RHP, up to 93 mph w/projection remaining in 6-2/195 frame. Kent State recruit.
16th-rder Josh Sawyer signs w/@Cubs for $125k. Texas LHP, biceps & labrum issues in past but can hit 96 mph & flash a nasty curveball when he’s on & healthy
18th-rder Bryan Hernandez, @SFGiants agree to $290k bonus ($165k counts vs pool). Puerto Rico HS OF, 6-foot-2, 178 pounds.
24th-rder Wade Beasley signs w/@Brewers for $257,500 ($132,500 counts vs pool). Arkansas HS RHP, has touched 96 mph w/fastball & flashed plus curveball. Arkansas recruit.
40th-rder Andrew Miller signs w/@Marlins for $150k ($25k counts vs bonus pool). Kentucky LHP, sat out 2018 after having Tommy John surgery & transferring from Maryland, had shown low-90s fastball from low slot that creates problems for lefty hitters.