With the 2013 MLB draft set for June 6-8, the values for each draft choice and team bonus pools have been set for each of the league's 30 franchises.
The team bonus pools essentially work as a budget for each team to use for prospects' signing bonus in the first 10 rounds of the draft. According to BaseballAmerica.com, the total budget for all 30 clubs comes out to over $202 million.
Teams may exceed their bonus pool, but they will be faced with stiff penalties, including extra tax and loss of future picks.
Last season, the league collectively spent 97 percent of its draft pool and an extra $23 million for Rounds 11-40.
The Houston Astros possess the largest bonus pool with the No. 1 pick. Here's a look at the bonus pool for every franchise:
|2013 BONUS POOLS (via BaseballAmerica.com)|
The 8.2 percent increase in the bonus pool from 2012 is reflective of the MLB's rise in revenue. The team draft pools are calculated by the value of each team's picks.
A full breakdown of all picks in the first 10 rounds can be found at BaseballAmerica.com. Here are the values assigned to each of the first 30 picks:
|9||Pirates (for failure to sign Mark Appel)||$3,029,600|
|28||Cardinals (for loss of free agent Kyle Lohse)||$1,785,300|
|29||Rays (for loss of free agent B.J. Upton)||$1,758,300|
|30||Rangers (for loss of free agent Josh Hamilton)||$1,731,200|
|31||Braves (for loss of free agent Michael Bourn)||$1,704,200|
|32||Yankees (for loss of free agent Nick Swisher)||$1,677,100|
|33||Yankees (for loss of free agent Rafael Soriano)||$1,650,100|
The Astros will be picking No. 1 for the second year in a row. The club selected 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the pick last year and signed him with a $4.8 million signing bonus.
Stanford's Mark Appel remains a likely prospect to be taken with the No. 1 selection. The Cardinal ace was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates eighth overall in last year's draft before deciding to come back to Palo Alto for his senior season.
The Pirates were limited to offering $2.9 million because of their signing pool, which is why these values are so important to clubs looking to sign talented prospects.
With the largest bonus pool and the first overall pick, the Astros are in position to offer even more money to yet another blue-chip prospect.