This was the quietest Draft signing deadline day ever. Only four players in the first 10 rounds remained unsigned headed into Friday, and the two prominent picks -- first-rounder J.J. Bleday and supplemental first-rounder Kameron Misner -- both signed with the Marlins.
It was a sharp contrast to the last two signing deadlines. In 2017, five first-rounders agreed to terms on the final day, with Hunter Greene landing the biggest bonus ever given to a high school pitcher ($7.23 million) with less than a minute to spare. Last year marked the first time since 2010 that three first-rounders went unsigned in a single Draft and the first time since 1989 that four of the top 36 selections failed to turn pro.
There was no drama this time around. Bleday, the No. 4 overall choice, waited this long to sign primarily because he spent most of June helping Vanderbilt win the College World Series championship. A right fielder who led NCAA Division I with 27 home runs, he signed for $6.67 million, which is $6,000 more than his assigned pick value for bonus-pool calculations. His bonus set a Marlins franchise record, eclipsing the $6 million paid to Tyler Kolek as the No. 2 overall pick in 2014.
Misner, a Missouri center fielder who boasted the best all-around tools in this year's college crop but also hit just .222 with 39 strikeouts in 30 Southeastern Conference games, signed for $2,115,000. That's $19,200 more than the assigned value for his No. 35 slot.
Miami also landed 12th-rounder Chris Mokma for $557,000, the equivalent of late third-round money. A right-hander from Holland (Mich.) Christian HS who had been committed to Michigan State, he has a projectable 6-foot-5 frame, a fastball that reaches 93 mph and feel for a fading changeup.
The only two players in the first 10 rounds who did not sign pro contracts were Rangers seventh-rounder Brandon Sproat and Cubs ninth-rounder Wyatt Hendrie. A right-hander from Pace (Fla.) High, Sproat is committed to Florida. Hendrie, a catcher from Antelope Valley (Calif.) JC, would play at San Diego State next spring.
The total of two unsigned players from the first 10 rounds matched the record low set in 2016.
The 30 teams combined to spend $316,560,984 on Draft bonuses, eclipsing the record of $294,648,102 set last year. The 34 first-rounders signed for an average of $3,791,729, second all-time to the $3,880,723 average in 2017. No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman's $8.1 million bonus from the Orioles was the largest in Draft history, surpassing the $8 million the Pirates gave 2011 No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole.
The D-backs topped all teams by spending $17,045,500 on bonuses, the second-largest in Draft history behind the 2015 Astros, who paid out $19,103,000. The Orioles ranked second this year at $15,168,600, the fifth-largest Draft bonus total ever.
The complete list of team-by-team Draft spending for 2019:
White Sox: $13,633,200
Blue Jays: $10,677,000
Red Sox: $6,369,200