Arkansas Baseball in 2023 MLB Draft: Picks, Slot Values, Signing Bonuses

Arkansas baseball, 2023 MLB Draft
photo credit: Baumology / Perfect Game

Over the next three days, more than 600 players will have their dreams come true by hearing their name called during the 2022 MLB Draft — and several will have ties to Arkansas baseball.

The Razorbacks are expected to have at least four current players selected during the 20-round event, which begins Sunday night and goes through Tuesday. They will also likely see several signees in their top-ranking recruiting class picked, as well.

For a complete breakdown of which players could get drafted and where they rank on various lists of top MLB Draft prospects, check out our comprehensive preview.

As those players get drafted, Best of Arkansas Sports will be updating this piece with all of the information you need to know — team, pick number, slot value and additional context behind the selection. Follow along with us!

How to Watch the 2023 MLB Draft

Day 1 — Sunday, July 9 — 6 p.m. CT (ESPN, MLB Network)

Day 2 — Monday, July 10 — 1 p.m. CT (

Day 3 — Tuesday, July 11 — 1 p.m. CT (

Arkansas Baseball on Day 1 of 2023 MLB Draft

The first day of the MLB Draft will include Rounds 1 and 2, as well as all of the so-called “sandwich” picks in the compensatory and competitive balance rounds. In total, 70 players will be drafted Sunday night.

Report: Adam Hachman Withdraws from MLB Draft

A few hours before the start of the 2023 MLB Draft, the Arkansas baseball program received some good news when Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo reported that left-hander Adam Hachman had withdrawn his name from the draft. He is one of the Razorbacks’ many top-100 signees they’re worried about losing over the next three days.

Once viewed as a potential first-round pick, Hachman is the No. 58 overall recruit in the 2023 class, according to Perfect Game. After missing most of his junior season with an injury, he had a big summer and even racked up nine strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings while pitching for Team USA, with his velocity flirting with triple digits.

Unfortunately, Hachman – who went to Timberland High in Wentzville, Mo. – eventually needed Tommy John surgery this spring. Dave Van Horn mentioned him in a Swatter’s Club meeting this year, telling fans that the injury might help him get to campus.

He won’t be able to pitch in 2024, but the hope is that he’ll be able to rehab and be a big part of the staff in 2025 and 2026. Other than his injury history, the biggest strikes on his scouting report involve his mechanics and control, especially of his secondary pitches. If he can get that ironed out, Hachman could easily prove himself as a first-round talent and make much more money in the 2026 MLB Draft.

Aidan Miller — 3B signee — Philadelphia Phillies

School: Trinity (Fla.) J.W. Mitchell High School
Pick: 1st round, 27th overall
Slot value: $2,968,800
Signing bonus: $3,100,000

Even when he committed to Arkansas baseball back in October 2020, it was widely known that Aidan Miller likely wouldn’t make it to campus. His stock dipped some, as he was once viewed as a potential top-10 pick, but it wasn’t enough for him to fall out of the first round.

A broken hamate bone in his hand probably contributed to that, but he is still the same guy who was the High School All-American Game MVP and High School Home Run Derby champion at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles last July. At No. 6 overall, Miller is tied with Justin O’Conner (2010) for the highest-ranked recruit to sign with the Razorbacks in the Perfect Game era. Like O’Conner, he almost certainly won’t ever play for Arkansas.

The slot value for the 27th overall pick is just under $3 million, but there’s a good chance he receives more than that because he’s a high school prospect and they typically command larger bonuses.

UPDATE: It turns out Aidan Miller did get a little more than his slot value, as he received a $3.1 million signing bonus from the Phillies to skip college and begin his professional career. That is 4.4% above slot value.

Kendall George — OF signee — Los Angeles Dodgers

School: Humble (Texas) Atascocita High School
Pick: Competitive Balance Round A, 36th overall
Slot value: $2,362,700
Signing bonus: $1,847,500

Arguably the fastest prep player in the 2023 draft class, Kendall George – ranked as the 88th overall recruit in the class by Perfect Game – is also a plus defender in center field and has drawn comparisons to Vanderbilt’s Enrique Bradfield.

Offensively, he’s more of a contact hitter. That was on display with Team USA last year, when he reached base 10 of 18 plate appearances in the 18U World Cup. He also had five stolen bases in that event.

George is the only outfielder in the Razorbacks’ heralded 2023 signing class, but now most likely won’t make it to campus. That is likely why they went out and added the outfielder duo from Missouri — Ty Wilmsmeyer and Ross Lovich — via the transfer portal. Jack Wagner, a transfer from Tarleton State, is also capable of playing a corner outfield spot. They’ll join Kendall Diggs.

UPDATE: As expected, Kendall George will not make it to campus. He received a signing bonus of nearly $1.85 million from the Dodgers to turn pro straight out of high school. That was just 78.2% of the slot value and closer to the slot value of pick No. 46 or 47, which is actually about where he was rated heading into the draft.

Nazzan Zanetello — SS signee — Boston Red Sox

School: St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College High School
Pick: 2nd round, 50th round
Slot value: $1,698,000
Signing bonus: $3,000,000

A former Miami (Fla.) commit, Nazzan Zanetello eventually pledged to Arkansas in October, making him a late addition to the 2023 class. That happened in the midst of a big year by the shortstop, leading to him shooting up draft boards.

After taking home MVP honors at the Breakthrough Series last June, Zanetello – the No. 74 overall recruit in the class on Perfect Game – followed it up with strong showings in the PDP League, at the WWBA World Championships and with Team USA. By the time the draft rolled around, most outlets considered him a top-65 prospects, leading to him attending the event in person.

UPDATE: He slipped into the second round, but Nazzan Zanetello got first-round money from the Red Sox. They gave him a $3 million signing bonus, which was 76.7% more than the slot value for pick No. 50. In fact, it’s closer to the slot value for pick No. 26 or 27.

Walker Martin — SS signee — San Francisco Giants

School: Eaton (Colo.) High School
Pick: 2nd round, 52nd overall
Slot value: $1,620,800
Signing bonus: $2,997,500

Even though there were concerns about the level of competition he faced playing for a small school in Colorado, Walker Martin still turned heads by leading the country in home runs, with 20 in 29 games. He also hit .633 with 75 RBIs.

That and the fact he turned 19 back in February, plus his public comments about being excited to play for the Razorbacks, gave some hope that he’d make it to campus, but now that almost certainly won’t happen.

“I’m pumped to be a Giant,” Martin, the No. 31 overall recruit in the 2023 class, said in an interview on MLB Network.

In an interesting coincidence, Martin is the first prep position player from Colorado taken in the top five rounds since 2011, when the Yankees took Greg Bird — another Arkansas signee — in the fifth round.

With Martin and Zanetello off the board, it’s become abundantly clear why Arkansas went after Sacramento State shortstop Wehiwa Aloy in the transfer portal.

UPDATE: Walker Martin has signed with the Giants and received a signing bonus of $2,997,500. He likely received a full $3 million because teams are allowed to give a $2,500 “signing contingency bonus” that doesn’t count toward the bonus pool. That is nearly double the slot value for pick No. 52 and is closer to a late first-rounder. It also means he officially won’t play for the Razorbacks.

Jaxon Wiggins — RHP — Chicago Cubs

School: Arkansas
Pick: 2nd (compensatory) round, 68th overall
Slot value: $1,101,000
Signing bonus: TBA

The first current Arkansas baseball player off the board is Jaxon Wiggins, who gives the Razorbacks a player taken in the first three rounds for the 14th straight year — extending the longest active streak in college baseball. They’ve had a player drafted every year since 1975, as well.

Known for an electric arm that can touch triple digits, he flashed his potential at times his first two years with Arkansas baseball, but never put it all together. His numbers as freshman and sophomore are actually pretty ugly, with a 6.17 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 89 innings.

That said, Wiggins looked like a different pitcher this fall. His command of the secondary pitches was much improved and he looked like he was primed for a breakout junior year that’d vault him into first-round conversation. Unfortunately, he tore his UCL and needed Tommy John surgery just before the start of the season.

The timing of the injury already made it unlikely he’d return to school, as he’d be just getting cleared to start throwing when the season starts, but his selection in the second round basically guarantees that.

With the Cubs, Wiggins joins a minor league system that includes several former Arkansas baseball teammates: Christian Franklin, Casey Opitz and Connor Noland.

Arkansas Baseball on Day 2 of 2023 MLB Draft

The second day of the MLB Draft will include Rounds 3-10, which consists of another 244 selections.

Gabe Gaeckle Withdraws from MLB Draft

Right-hander Gabe Gaeckle has withdrawn his name from the 2023 MLB Draft and will continue his career with Arkansas baseball, he told Best of Arkansas Sports. The Aptos, Calif., product was considered an early Day 2 prospect and ranked as high as No. 102 (Baseball America) on the various prospect lists.

Previously committed to UCLA, Gaeckle – who is the No. 51 overall recruit in the Class of 2023, according to Perfect Game – flipped to Arkansas in August, making him a late addition to the Razorbacks’ heralded 2023 recruiting class.

He had a strong showing last summer, as he participated in the PDP League and earned an invitation to Team USA’s 18U training camp. Gaeckle, who had Tommy John surgery when he was just 15, was also selected to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic. His fastball has been up to 95 mph and he has a curveball with high spin rates.

Hunter Hollan — LHP — Cincinnati Reds

School: Arkansas
Pick: 3rd round, 74th overall
Slot value: $975,100
Signing bonus: $597,500

This is actually the second time Hunter Hollan has been drafted, as the Brewers used their 15th-round pick on him in 2021 following his first season at San Jacinto J.C. Instead, he pitched another year there before ending up at Arkansas.

An injury late in the year led to some struggled that skewed his overall statistics, but he still posted a 4.13 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings. Hollan actually needed a minor offseason procedure on the knee, but it wasn’t a serious issue.

By getting picked early in the third round, any speculation about him potentially returning — which he hinted shortly after the season — should stop. Van Horn laughed when asked about it before the draft and now he’s got a slot value of nearly $1 million.

Even if he doesn’t receive the full slot value, Hollan will receive significantly more money by signing this year than he would as a senior with no leverage in 2024.

UPDATE: Hunter Hollan officially won’t return to the Razorbacks, as he’s signed with the Reds and, according to his mother, has already reported to Arizona. He received a signing bonus of $597,500, which means he likely received an even $600,000 if you include the signing contingency bonus. That is about 61.3% of the slot value for pick No. 74.

Tavian Josenberger — OF — Baltimore Orioles

School: Arkansas
Pick: 3rd round, 100th overall
Slot value: $671,800
Signing bonus: $630,000

When he transferred in from Kansas, Tavian Josenberger was coming off a back injury that hampered him as a sophomore and he made the switch back to center field after playing second base in 2022. Getting healthy and that position change proved to do wonders for his draft stock.

He’s known for being a contact hitter with good speed, which also helps him as a plus defender in center, but Josenberger even added some power to his repertoire at Arkansas.

After hitting only three home runs in 480 plate appearances over two years with the Jayhawks, he hit 10 long balls in 241 plate appearances with the Razorbacks. That was part of a .287/.414/.490 slash line, not to mention 13 stolen bases, which helped vault him up draft boards.

With the Orioles, Josenberger joins the minor league system that also includes former Arkansas standout Heston Kjerstad.

UPDATE: Tavian Josenberger received a $630,000 signing bonus from the Orioles, which is pretty close – 93.8% – to the slot value for pick No. 100. That means his Arkansas baseball career is officially over after just one season. However, that one season vaulted him up the draft.

Dylan Questad — RHP signee — Minnesota Twins

School: Waterford (Wisc.) Union High School
Pick: 5th round, 150th pick
Slot value: $412,600
Signing bonus: $500,000

The Gatorade Player of the Year in Wisconsin, Dylan Questad didn’t allow a single earned run and racked up 69 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings as a senior. His fastball has been up to 97 mph, but he could stand to improve the command of his secondary pitches.

There was hope that he’d come to school because right now, most believe he profiles as a reliever at the next level. As a fifth-round pick, though, that is unlikely to happen.

UPDATE: It’s official – Dylan Questad won’t play for the Razorbacks. He will begin his professional career instead, receiving a $500,000 signing bonus from the Twins. That is 21.2% above slot value for pick No. 150 and is closer to the slot value for pick No. 130.

Jace Bohrofen — OF — Toronto Blue Jays

School: Arkansas
Pick: 6th round, 184th overall
Slot value: $304,700
Signing bonus: $302,200

Jace Bohrofen was always expected to be a high pick, but it wasn’t until this year that it became possible, but he slipped a bit more than expected. The No. 33 overall recruit in the Class of 2020 by Perfect Game, he struggled in his lone year at Oklahoma before transferring to Arkansas. An injury limited him to a backup role in 2022, but he burst onto the national scene this year.

Bohrofen was arguably the Razorbacks’ best hitter for much of 2023, slashing .318/.436/.612 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs while starting at all three outfield positions.

As a junior, he is a near lock to sign a professional contract with Toronto because not only is he in line for a large signing bonus this year, but he would lose all leverage by returning for his senior season. Such a move would mean a significantly smaller amount of money, regardless of how big of a season he had.

Also, in the two-year history of the 20-round draft, slightly more than 99% of players taken in the top 10 rounds have signed professionally. Teams typically do not draft players in these rounds unless they are certain they can sign them because it otherwise reduces their bonus pool. (A full explanation of this concept can be found below in the “What to Know About the MLB Draft” section.)

UPDATE: Jace Bohrofen has signed with the Blue Jays and essentially received full slot value for pick No. 184. Only $302,200 of the bonus will count against Toronto’s bonus pool, but he likely also received the $2,500 signing contingency bonus that gets him up to the full slot value.

Tucker Holland Announces He’ll Join Arkansas Baseball

Another piece of good news for Arkansas, as left-hander Tucker Holland announced via Twitter that he’s coming to Fayetteville. He was ranked as the No. 287 overall draft prospect by ESPN, but is the No. 87 overall recruit in the class on Perfect Game. That means he’s the third top-100 recruit to turn down the MLB Draft to play for the Razorbacks. He’s a talented 6-foot-5, 240-pound lefty who’s been up to 95 mph.

Barrett Kent — RHP signee — Los Angeles Angels

School: Pottsboro (Texas) High School
Pick: 8th round, 234th overall
Slot value: $206,500
Signing bonus: $1,000,000

A strong showing in the PDP League last summer earned Barrett Kent an invitation to try out for Team USA’s 18U team and also shot him up draft boards. He was up to 97 mph during his senior season, but his secondary pitches lacked consistency, with MLB Pipeline describing him as a “work in progress.”

Still, Perfect Game ranked him as the No. 68 overall recruit in the 2023 class. There was some hope that he’d come to school and improve those areas to further climb up the draft, but by being taken in the eighth round, that likely won’t happen. Over the last two years, players taken in the top 10 rounds have signed professional contracts more than 99% of the time.

UPDATE: In an interview with KTEN News, a local television station, Barrett Kent revealed that he actually went golfing after the first few rounds of Day 2 because he had essentially given up hope that a team would meet his asking price. However, the Angels did just that in the eighth round, picking him and eventually signing him with a seven-figure bonus. At $1 million, not only was that bonus nearly five times the slot value for pick No. 234, but it was closer to pick No. 72, which was the second pick of the third round.

Craig Yoho — RHP transfer commit — Milwaukee Brewers

School: Indiana
Pick: 8th round, 242nd overall
Slot value: $196,700
Signing bonus: TBA

To say Craig Yoho took the road less traveled to the MLB Draft would be an understatement. He is coming off a tremendous season as a bullpen arm at Indiana, but he began his career as an infielder at Houston way back in 2019.

In between joining the Cougars and his breakout year, Yoho had two Tommy John surgeries, a knee surgery and had a year wiped out by the pandemic. That made him eligible, in Collegiate Baseball’s eyes, for Freshman All-America honors as a fifth-year senior, as it was his first full season.

Yoho posted a solid 3.41 ERA, but he had an elite strikeout rate of 15.3 per nine innings, with 63 in 37 innings. It’s obviously a much smaller sample size, but that’s equal to Paul Skenes’ rate. He also has really good stuff, with a lot of movement on his pitches.

Considering his age and injury history, it is probably a foregone conclusion that Yoho signs a professional contract, especially now that he was drafted in the eighth round.

UPDATE: The Brewers have announced they’ve signed Craig Yoho, but no details regarding his signing bonus have been announced. That means he won’t suit up for the Razorbacks.

Jared Wegner — OF — New York Yankees

School: Arkansas
Pick: 9th round, 282nd overall
Slot value: $173,100
Signing bonus: $72,500

After a breakout season at Creighton in 2022, Jared Wegner entered the transfer portal and landed at Arkansas. He missed a chunk of the season with a broken thumb and struggled upon his return, but was one of the Razorbacks’ top hitters pre-injury.

Even including that rough stretch at the end of the year, Wegner slashed .313/.457/.673 with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs in just 42 games. That kind of production in the SEC grabbed the attention of scouts that eluded him at Creighton.

As a college player with no remaining eligibility, he has no leverage, making him the perfect money-saving pick in the ninth round.

UPDATE: At first glance, it seems as though Jared Wegner got hosed with a signing bonus of just $72,500 because that is just 41.9% of the slot value for pick No. 282. However, that is actually a pretty good number for a senior with no remaining eligibility. Those players typically sign for around $20,000.

Arkansas Baseball on Day 3 of 2023 MLB Draft

The last 10 rounds will take place on the final day of the MLB Draft, with yet another 300 players set to hear their names called. These picks are not assigned slot values like the first 10 rounds. Instead, teams are allowed to give signing bonuses up to $150,000 with no penalty. Anything above that counts toward the team’s bonus pool.

Hunter Dietz Expected to Make it to Campus

It sounds like the Razorbacks will also be getting left-hander Hunter Dietz to campus, as he told HawgBeat’s Kevin Bohannon that he was coming to Arkansas “unless something unforeseen occurs” on Day 3 of the MLB Draft.

A big 6-foot-6, 225-pound lefty out of Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Fla., Dietz is ranked as the No. 57 overall recruit in the 2023 class, according to Perfect Game. He was also a top-200 draft prospect on MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.

However, it’s worth noting that “something unforeseen” could happen in the early rounds of Day 3, as it’s common for teams who may have saved some money in the top 10 rounds to swing for the fences on some top prospects in rounds 11-14 or so because there is no penalty for not being able to sign them.

Cody Adcock — RHP — Cincinnati Reds

School: Arkansas
Pick: 13th round, 378th overall
Signing bonus: $150,000

A native of Texarkana who began his career at Ole Miss, where he actually faced Arkansas in the SEC Tournament, Cody Adcock transferred to a junior college following his freshman year and then joined the Razorbacks this year.

Used as both a starter and reliever, the right-hander had a very up-and-down season. He threw six shutout innings against Auburn in the first weekend of SEC play, but posted a 5.88 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 52 innings.

As a junior, Adcock will likely sign with Cincinnati and begin his professional career, where he’ll hope to pitch up to the level of his stuff — something he failed to do on a consistent basis in college.

UPDATE: Despite not having the best numbers with the Razorbacks, Cody Adcock still received a signing bonus of $150,000 from the Reds. That is the max they could give him without any counting toward their bonus pool.

Caleb Cali — 3B — Seattle Mariners

School: Arkansas
Pick: 16th round, 487th overall
Signing bonus: TBA

Although he didn’t generate much MLB Draft buzz heading into the event, Caleb Cali had a tremendous season for the Razorbacks after a slow start. Even with his 0-for-12 start, he still hit .308 for the year.

In fact, Cali was at his best in SEC play. In 24 conference games, the JUCO transfer slashed .340/.438/.596 with six home runs and 25 RBIs. Those are impressive numbers, which is why it was surprising that Dave Van Horn told reporters there was a chance he’d return for his senior year.

As a 16th-round pick, Cali now has a decision to make. He could still return to school, but in doing so, he’d likely cost himself a lot of money because seniors do not have any leverage in contract negotiations. That makes it likely that he signs a professional contract. Players selected in the last 10 rounds can receive up to $150,000 without counting against a team’s bonus pool.

UPDATE: No terms have been released, but Caleb Cali has agreed to terms with the Mariners. That means he officially won’t return to school in 2024.

Gabe Gaeckle — RHP — Cincinnati Reds

School: Aptos (Calif.) High School
Pick: 20th round, 588th overall

Despite telling Best of Arkansas Sports that he had withdrawn his name from the MLB Draft, Gabe Gaeckle was selected by the Reds in the 20th and final round. He is the No. 51 overall recruit in the Class of 2023, according to Perfect Game.

After the selection, Gaeckle confirmed again to Best of Arkansas Sports that he is still planning to come to Arkansas.

SEC Baseball Players, Signees Drafted

This is a team-by-team look at how all SEC baseball teams were impacted by the 2023 MLB Draft. It will be updated with every current player and signee selected.


116Bryce Eldridge (signee)San Francisco Giants
4102Andrew PinckneyWashington Nationals
4112Grayson HittArizona Diamondbacks
4(C)134A.J. Ewing (signee)New York Mets
6167Hunter FurtadoPittsburgh Pirates
7208Caden RoseBoston Red Sox
11320Jim JarvisDetroit Tigers
14407Garrett McMillanPittsburgh Pirates
18543Jeremy Pilon (signee)Tampa Bay Rays


127Aidan Miller (signee)Philadelphia Phillies
CBA (1)36Kendall George (signee)Los Angeles Dodgers
250Nazzan Zanetello (signee)Boston Red Sox
252Walker Martin (signee)San Francisco Giants
2(C)68Jaxon WigginsChicago Cubs
374Hunter HollanCincinnati Reds
3100Tavian JosenbergerBaltimore Orioles
5150Dylan Questad (signee)Minnesota Twins
6184Jace BohrofenToronto Blue Jays
8234Barrett Kent (signee)Los Angeles Angels
8242Craig Yoho (portal commit)Milwaukee Brewers
9282Jared WegnerNew York Yankees
13378Cody AdcockCincinnati Reds
16487Caleb CaliSeattle Mariners
20588Gabe Gaeckle (signee)Cincinnati Reds


122Colt Emerson (signee)Seattle Mariners
CBA (1)37Kevin McGonigle (signee)Detroit Tigers
385Cole FosterSan Francisco Giants
8253Bryson WarePhiladelphia Phillies
10310Sam Mongelli (portal commit)Los Angeles Dodgers
12362Bjorn Johnson (signee)Milwaukee Brewers
15439Chase IsbellKansas City Royals
18542Dylan Watts (JUCO commit)Milwaukee Brewers


14Wyatt LangfordTexas Rangers
124Hurston WaldrepAtlanta Braves
256Brandon SproatNew York Mets
372Steven Echavarria (signee)Oakland Athletics
381Josh RiveraChicago Cubs
6175Philip AbnerArizona Diamondbacks
18529Stone Russell (signee)Kansas City Royals


4111Joe Redfield (portal commit)Los Angeles Angels
7197Jaden WoodsPittsburgh Pirates
13375Liam SullivanWashington Nationals
16479Weston Eberly (portal commit)Chicago White Sox


8227Austin StricklandPittsburgh Pirates
11317Magdiel CottoPittsburgh Pirates
12349Logan MartinKansas City Royals


11Paul SkenesPittsburgh Pirates
12Dylan CrewsWashington Nationals
18Blake Mitchell (signee)Kansas City Royals
CBA (1)38Ty FloydCincinnati Reds
251Grant TaylorChicago White Sox
388Tre’ MorganTampa Bay Rays
6165Gavin DugasWashington Nationals
11333Garrett EdwardsTampa Bay Rays
12361Blake MoneyBaltimore Orioles
12365Brayden JobertSt. Louis Cardinals
13391Riley CooperBaltimore Orioles
15460Jordan ThompsonLos Angeles Dodgers
16471Jake Brown (signee)Texas Rangers
16490Javen ColemanLos Angeles Dodgers
19576Christian LittleNew York Mets
20597Ashton Larson (signee)Minnesota Twins
20605Cameron Johnson (signee)St. Louis Cardinals

Mississippi State

CBA (1)32Colin Houck (signee)New York Mets
255Colton LedbetterTampa Bay Rays
4124Aidan Smith (signee)Seattle Mariners
6192Cade SmithNew York Yankees
20606Kellum ClarkNew York Mets


4(C)135Austin TroesserNew York Mets
10299Zach FranklinChicago White Sox
12363Chandler MurphyTampa Bay Rays
14406Luke MannOakland Athletics

Ole Miss

115Jacob GonzalezChicago White Sox
CBA (1)33Josh Knoth (signee)Milwaukee Brewers
247Kemp AldermanMiami Marlins
CBB (2)67Zander Mueth (signee)Pittsburgh Pirates
4116Calvin HarrisChicago White Sox
6182Cooper Pratt (signee)Milwaukee Brewers
9267Jack DoughertyMinnesota Twins

South Carolina

377Jack MahoneyColorado Rockies
4113Will SandersChicago Cubs
4115Matt Duffy (portal commit)Boston Red Sox
7209George Wolkow (signee)Chicago White Sox
7216Noah HallNew York Mets
8232Braylen WimmerColorado Rockies
13404James HicksHouston Astros
19564Raudi Rodriguez (signee)Los Angeles Angels
19582Cade AustinNew York Yankees


19Chase DollanderColorado Rockies
4107Carson Rucker (signee)Detroit Tigers
4117Maui AhunaSan Francisco Giants
5146Andrew LindseyMiami Marlins
7202Seth HalvorsenColorado Rockies
11319Jared DickeyKansas City Royals
13389Ryan Galanie (portal commit)Chicago White Sox
14414Zach JoyceLos Angeles Angels
14415Jake FitzgibbonsArizona Diamondbacks
17516Bryce JenkinsNew York Mets

Texas A&M

4120Hunter HaasTampa Bay Rays
5139Nathan DettmerOakland Athletics
7199Trevor WernerKansas City Royals
11318Jack MossCincinnati Reds
11337Brandyn GarciaSeattle Mariners
13376Will JohnstonOakland Athletics
19568Stanley TuckerBoston Red Sox
19572Isaac Morton (signee)Milwaukee Brewers


13Max Clark (signee)Detroit Tigers
117Enrique Bradfield Jr.Baltimore Orioles
126George Lombard Jr. (signee)New York Yankees
CBA (1)35Thomas White (signee)Miami Marlins
258Alex Clemmey (signee)Cleveland Guardians
4106Hunter OwenKansas City Royals
5140Patrick ReillyPittsburgh Pirates
8233Nick MaldonadoMiami Marlins
9255Thomas SchultzWashington Nationals
9277RJ SchreckSeattle Mariners
14416Grayson MooreChicago Cubs

Other Notable Picks

  • 5th round, 138th overall: SS Marcus Brown (Oklahoma State) — attended Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Ark.
  • 20th round, 594th overall: SS Mac McCroskey (Oral Roberts) — attended Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Ark.

What to Know About the MLB Draft

Traditionally a 40-round event, the MLB Draft has been permanently shorted to 20 rounds, which was its length the last two years.

The MLB Draft is not as straightforward as its counterparts in the NFL and NBA. In addition to making selections based on merit, teams have to consider each player’s “signability” — how likely he is to sign a professional contract.

High school and junior college prospects can choose to honor their commitments and college players with remaining eligibility can return to school if they don’t receive their desired signing bonus, giving them leverage in contract negotiations. Seniors do not have that advantage, leading to significantly smaller bonuses.

In 2012, a new wrinkle was introduced to the draft: slot values and bonus pools. Each pick in the top 10 rounds is assigned a recommended signing bonus amount – or slot value – with teams being allowed to spend up to the combined value of their top-10 round picks’ slot values – or bonus pool.

Players selected in the 11th round and beyond can receive signing bonuses up to $150,000 (previously $125,000) before it factors into the equation, with the excess counting toward the bonus pool. The signing deadline is July 25 this year.

If a team does not sign a player taken in the first 10 rounds, it loses that pick’s slot value from its bonus pool. That is why it’s rare for teams not to sign their early draftees, especially those with seven-figure slot values.

In the two years of the 20-round draft era, only six of 628 players (0.96%) taken in the top 10 rounds failed to sign. It becomes more likely that players don’t sign in the back half of the draft — 7.3% in rounds 11-15 and 24% in rounds 16-20.


More coverage of Arkansas baseball and the MLB Draft from BoAS…

Facebook Comments