Jim Callis of Baseball America has the breakdown of this year’s draft pick signing bonus pool and the total for the first 10 rounds is $202 million, which is up 8.2 percent compared to last year.
Houston has the No. 1 overall pick, so not surprisingly the Astros’ pool is an MLB-leading $11.7 million, followed by the Cubs at $10.6 million and the Rockies at $10.2 million. And because they forfeited first-round picks to sign free agents the Brewers ($3.9 million), Angels ($3.0 million), and Nationals ($2.7 million) are the only teams with a pool of less than $4.5 million.
Callis has a lot more details about the draft and available money, so check out his whole article.
Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.
Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.
Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.