The Rays announced last night that they had signed the last four of their unsigned top draft picks, including their top pick, pitcher Taylor Guerrieri. Also signing before last night’s deadline were outfielder Mikie Mahtook, third baseman Tyler Goedell and left-handed pitcher Grayson Garvin.
The Rays signed their top 14 selections in the draft, 20 of their first 21, and 41 of 60 overall.
According to the Rays Draft Board at RaysProspects.com, the Rays top 12 picks (first, supplemental, and second rounders) received signing bonuses totaling $9.77 million, with the largest bonus ($1.6M) going to Guerrieri.The Rays fifth selection (Goedell, supplemental rd., no. 41 overall) received a $1.5 million signing bonus, nearly $700 thousand over his the recommended bonus at his slot. The Rays were able to sign four of the top 12 picks for below slot recommendation.
There had been some concerns that the Rays would not be able to afford to sign all their top picks. The total recommended bonuses by Major League Baseball for those 12 slots totaled $9.07 million.