(6-15-20) Insight on why Celina’s Seth Lonsway will return to Ohio State in the fall was answered in a Press Pros Magazine story, after he was not drafted in the shortened (due to COVID 19)  five round MLB draft that was held last week.

Press Pros Magazine, June 15th article –Znidar: Lonsway Bets On Himself, Returns To Buckeyes

Ohio State Head Coach Greg Beals told PPM that Lonsway’s decision not to sign was because his family had a dollar figure ($1 million)  in mind going into the draft as a signing bonus and was not going to sign for anything less.

Beals added –

“We’ve been in constant contact throughout this process. It was the inability to come to terms with a team. He’s coming back to us and will be in a Buckeye uniform. He still has dreams of pitching in the big leagues.’’

Lonsway was not the only ranked player by mlb.com to not be drafted. Three high school players that were rated higher then him were not drafted.

  • HS RHP Carson Montgomery (Windemere HS, Fla.) at # 34 overall
  • HS SS Cade Horton (Norman HS, Okla.) at # 47
  • HS C Kevin Parada (Loyola HS, Calif.) at # 48

The top two college players available are both pitchers, including #50 Lonsway and # 69 Tommy Mace from Florida.

MLB signing bonus process

MLB assigns signing bonus slots for each pick, they can adjust those figures as draft picks sign or don’t sign.

The last signing bonus slot offered for  $1 million in 2020 was the Dodgers’ #66 overall pick and the final competitive balance pick in round two.

The final player selected in the draft who was the 160th overall pick in the 5th round by the Astros was slotted at a $324,100 signing bonus.

MLB  Signing Bonus Money

Each pick in the five rounds comes with an assigned value, with the total for each of a team’s selections equaling what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. If a player taken in those rounds doesn’t sign, his pick’s value gets subtracted from his club’s pool. The pools for all 30 teams will total $235,906,800, an average of $7,863,560 per club.

Here are the assigned values for each 2020 pick:

First Round
1) Tigers: $8,415,300
2) Orioles: $7,789,900
3) Marlins: $7,221,200
4) Royals: $6,664,000
5) Blue Jays: $6,180,700
6) Mariners: $5,742,900
7) Pirates: $5,432,400
8) Padres: $5,176,900
9) Rockies: $4,949,100
10) Angels: $4,739,900
11) White Sox: $4,547,500
12) Reds: $4,366,400
13) Giants: $4,197,300
14) Rangers: $4,036,800
15) Phillies: $3,885,800
16) Cubs: $3,745,500
17) Red Sox: $3,609,700
18) D-backs: $3,481,300
19) Mets: $3,359,000
20) Brewers: $3,242,900
21) Cardinals: $3,132,300
22) Nationals: $3,027,000
23) Indians: $2,926,800
24) Rays: $2,831,300
25) Braves: $2,740,300
26) Athletics: $2,653,400
27) Twins: $2,570,100
28) Yankees: $2,493,900
29) Dodgers: $2,424,600

Competitive Balance Round A
30) Orioles: $2,365,500
31) Pirates: $2,312,000
32) Royals: $2,257,300
33) D-backs: $2,202,200
34) Padres: $2,148,100
35) Rockies: $2,095,800
36) Indians: $2,045,400
37) Rays: $1,999,300 (from Cardinals via trade)

Second Round
(The Red Sox lost their second-round pick as part of their penalty for stealing signs)
38) Tigers: $1,952,300
39) Orioles: $1,906,800
40) Marlins: $1,856,700
41) Royals: $1,813,500
42) Blue Jays: $1,771,100
43) Mariners: $1,729,800
44) Pirates: $1,689,500
45) Padres: $1,650,200
46) Rockies: $1,617,400
47) White Sox: $1,580,200
48) Reds: $1,543,600
49) Giants: $1,507,600
50) Rangers: $1,469,900
51) Cubs: $1,436,900
52) Mets: $1,403,200
53) Brewers: $1,370,400
54) Cardinals $1,338,500
55) Nationals: $1,307,000
56) Indians: $1,276,400
57) Rays: $1,243,600
58) Athletics: $1,214,300
59) Twins: $1,185,500
60) Dodgers: $1,157,400

Competitive Balance Round B
61) Marlins: $1,129,700
62) Tigers: $1,102,700
63) Cardinals: $1,076,300 (from Rays via trade)
64) Mariners: $1,050,300 (from Brewers via trade)
65) Reds: $1,025,100
66) Dodgers: $1,003,300 (from Twins via trade)

Free-Agent Compensation Picks
67) Giants: $976,700 (for Madison Bumgarner)
68) Giants: $953,100 (for Will Smith)
69) Mets: $929,800 (for Zack Wheeler)
70) Cardinals: $906,800 (for Marcell Ozuna)
71) Nationals: $884,200 (for Anthony Rendon)
72) Astros: $870,700 (for Gerrit Cole)

Third Round
73) Tigers: $857,400
74) Orioles: $844,200
75) Marlins: $831,100
76) Royals: $818,200
77) Blue Jays: $805,600
78) Mariners: $793,000
79) Pirates: $780,400
80) Padres: $767,800
81) Rockies: $755,300
82) Angels: $744,200
83) White Sox: $733,100
84) Reds: $721,900
85) Giants: $710,700
86) Rangers: $699,700
87) Phillies: $689,300
88) Cubs: $678,600
89) Red Sox: $667,900
90) D-backs: $657,600
91) Mets: $647,300
92) Brewers: $637,600
93) Cardinals: $627,900
94) Nationals: $618,200
95) Indians: $610,800
96) Rays: $604,800
97) Braves: $599,100
98) Athletics: $593,100
99) Yankees: $587,400
100) Dodgers: $581,600
101) Astros: $577,000

Fourth Round
102) Tigers: $571,400
103) Orioles: $565,600
104) Marlins: $560,000
105) Royals: $554,300
106) Blue Jays: $549,000
107) Mariners: $543,500
108) Pirates: $538,200
109) Padres: $533,000
110) Rockies: $527,800
111) Angels: $522,600
112) White Sox: $517,400
113) Reds: $512,400
114) Giants: $507,400
115) Rangers: $502,300
116) Phillies: $497,500
117) Cubs: $492,700
118) Red Sox: $487,900
119) D-backs: $483,000
120) Mets: $478,300
121) Brewers: $473,700
122) Cardinals: $469,000
123) Nationals: $464,500
124) Indians: $460,000
125) Rays: $455,600
126) Braves: $451,800
127) Athletics: $447,400
128) Twins: $442,900
129) Yankees: $438,700
130) Dodgers: $434,300
131) Astros: $430,800

Fifth Round
132) Tigers: $426,600
133) Orioles: $422,300
134) Marlins: $418,200
135) Royals: $414,000
136) Blue Jays: $410,100
137) Mariners: $406,000
138) Pirates: $402,000
139) Padres: $398,000
140) Rockies: $394,300
141) Angels: $390,400
142) White Sox: $386,600
143) Reds: $382,700
144) Giants: $379,000
145) Rangers: $375,200
146) Phillies: $371,600
147) Cubs: $367,900
148) Red Sox: $364,400
149) D-backs: $360,800
150) Mets: $357,100
151) Brewers: $353,700
152) Cardinals: $350,300
153) Nationals: $346,800
154) Indians: $343,400
155) Rays: $340,000
156) Braves: $336,600
157) Athletics: $333,300
158) Twins: $330,100
159) Dodgers: $327,200
160) Astros: $324,100