Estimated Signing Bonus For Tennessee Players Selected In MLB Draft

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Tennessee broke a program record with 10 players selected in the 20-round MLB Draft this week. Nine of those 10 players were selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft, giving us an idea of there potential signing bonuses.

Each year, the MLB creates a “slot value” for every pick in the first 10 round. These slot values aren’t hard and fast signing bonus amounts but are usually in the ballpark of what each player can/will sign for.

Teams add up the values of their top 10 picks and have that much money to divvy up amongst those 10 players.

Let’s take a look at the slot value for the nine Tennessee players that were selected in the first 10 rounds of the 2022 MLB Draft.

Drew Gilbert

  • Pick 28 — Round 1
  • Houston Astros
  • Slot Value: $2,621,700

Jordan Beck

  • Pick 38 – Round 1 Comp Balance A
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Slot Value: $2,052,300

Blade Tidwell

  • Pick 52 — Round 2, Pick 13
  • New York Mets
  • Slot Value: $1,475,100

Trey Lipscomb

  • Pick 84 — Round 3, Pick 4
  • Washington Nationals
  • Slot Value: $758,900

Ben Joyce

  • Pick 89 — Round 3, Pick 9
  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Slot Value: $702,100

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Will Mabrey

  • Pick 169 — Round 6, Pick 2
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Slot Value: $317,100

Jorel Ortega

  • Pick 174 — Round 6, Pick 8
  • Minnesota Twins
  • Slot Value: $301,200

Seth Stephenson

  • Pick 207 — Round 7, Pick 11
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Slot Value: $229,800

Mark McLaughlin

  • Pick 221 — Round 7, Pick 25
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Slot Value: $205,800

Tennessee shortstop Cortland Lawson was selected in the 14th round and high school signee Caden Marcum was selected in the 13th round. Both could sign professionally but there is no slot value for either selection.

Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.