Signing deadline for '14 Draft picks passes quietly

Signing deadline for '14 Draft picks passes quietly

ST. LOUIS -- The signing deadline for players taken in this summer's First-Year Player Draft came and went with little fanfare for the Cardinals late Friday afternoon, but only because the organization had wrapped up the bulk of its work last month.

The Cards previously announced the signings of 28 of their 42 picks, including 11 of the team's first 13 selections. The bonuses of those 11 players, as well as the $700,000 given to 29th-round pick Bryan Dobzanski, counted against the Cardinals' bonus pool of $6,582,800.

Cardinals 2014 Draft picks
The first figure is the bonus received, and the numbers in parenthesis are how much over or under slot the bonus was.
Round Player Contract
1 Luke Weaver $1,843,000 (slot)
1 Jack Flaherty $2,000,000 (+$349,600)
2 Ronnie Williams $833,900 (slot)
2 Andrew Morales $546,100 (-$250,000)
3 Trevor Megill Unsigned
4 Austin Gomber $374,100 (slot)
5 Darren Seferina $200,000 (-$80,100)
6 Andrew Sohn $209,700 (slot)
7 Brian O'Keefe $150,00 (-$13,200)
8 Nick Thompson $135,000 (-$17,400)
9 Daniel Poncedeleon $5,000 (-$137,300)
10 Danny Diekroeger $5,000 (-$132,700)
29 Bryan Dobzanski $700,000 (+$600,000)
Total Bonus Pool allotted: $6,582,800
Total Spent: $6,901,700 (4.8 percent overage)

In total, the organization spent $318,900 more than its allotment, an overage that will result in a fine but no future loss of Draft picks. In addition to Dobzanski, No. 34 overall pick Jack Flaherty ($2 million) signed at an above-slot figure.

Both Flaherty and the Cardinals' top selection, Luke Weaver, have already begun their pro careers with the organization's Gulf Coast League club in Jupiter, Fla.

The competitive balance lottery for the 2015 Draft is scheduled for Wednesday and may give the Cardinals will have an opportunity to win an additional selection next year.

The 10 smallest-market teams and the 10 lowest-revenue teams are eligible for the lottery, which awards five extra picks after the first round and another five following the second round.

The odds of being selected vary based on winning percentages. Major League Baseball is in the process of finalizing which clubs will be included.

Last year, St. Louis was awarded the third pick in the Comp B round, which ended up being the No. 71 overall pick last month. The club used that selection to take college right-hander Andrew Morales.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.