Nats sign 1st-round pick Crews and 16 more

July 25th, 2023

Below is a list of every player drafted by the Nationals.

Each club had until 5 p.m. ET/2 PT on Tuesday, July 25, to come to terms with its Draft selections. If a player has exhausted his collegiate eligibility, he can sign at any time up until one week prior to the next year’s Draft.

Draft-and-follow picks -- high school and junior college players selected after the 10th round who attend a two-year college after the Draft -- can sign with their selecting teams for up to $250,000 up until a week prior to the following year’s Draft.

Players drafted from Round 11 on do not count against the bonus pools unless their signing bonus exceeds $150,000; any amount over that total will count against the pool.

Total bonus pool: $14,502,400
MLB rank: 3

1 (2): Dylan Crews, OF, LSU
Pick value: $8,998,500
Signing bonus: $9,000,000
Crews' signing bonus is the second-highest in MLB Draft history, behind only that of former LSU teammate and 2023 No. 1 overall pick Paul Skenes ($9,200,000).

2 (40): Yohandy Morales, 3B, Miami
Pick value: $2,144,700
Signing bonus: $2,600,000
Morales showed power potential by slashing .408/.475/.713 with 20 home runs this past season. He is also regarded for his defense and arm.

3 (71): Travis Sykora, RHP, Round Rock HS (TX)
Pick value: $1,021,300
Signing bonus: $2,600,000
The Nats went more than double over pick value to ink Sykora, a Texas recruit who was considered one of the best prep arms in the Draft. His pitch mix includes a fastball that reaches 101 mph, a mid-80s slider and a splitter.

4 (102): Andrew Pinckney, OF, Alabama
Pick value: $660,000

Signing bonus: $500,000
Pinckney batted .339 with 12 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 58 RBIs, 55 runs and 40 walks this past season. In April, he went 3-for-3 with a homer against No. 1 overall pick Paul Skenes.

5 (138): Marcus Brown, SS, Oklahoma State
Pick value: $464,400
Signing bonus: $350,000
Brown batted .273 with 10 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 36 RBIs, 14 walks and three stolen bases as a junior. He is noted for being a steady defender with a solid arm.

6 (165): Gavin Dugas, 2B, LSU
Pick value: $357,500
Signing bonus: $20,000

7 (195): Ryan Snell, C, Lamar University
Pick value: $278,400
Signing bonus: $20,000

8 (225): Jared Simpson, LHP, Iowa
Pick value: $219,700
Signing bonus: $20,000

9 (255): Thomas Schultz, RHP, Vanderbilt
Pick value: $185,800
Signing bonus: $20,000

10 (285): Phillip Glasser, SS, Indiana
Pick value: $172,100
Signing bonus: $20,000

11 (315): Gavin Adams, RHP, Indian River State (FL)
Did not agree to terms

12 (345): Travis Sthele, RHP, Texas
Signing bonus: $150,000

13 (375): Liam Sullivan, LHP, Georgia
Signing bonus: $150,000

14 (405): Elijah Nunez, OF, TCU
Signing bonus: $150,000

15 (435): Mikey Tepper, RHP, Liberty University
Signing bonus: $150,000

16 (465): Austin Amaral, RHP, Stetson
Signing bonus: $150,000

17 (495): Merrick Baldo, RHP, Loyola Marymount University
Signing bonus: $100,000

18 (525): Nate Rombach, C, Dallas Baptist
Signing bonus: $150,000

19 (555): James Ellwanger, RHP, Magnolia West HS (TX)
Did not agree to terms

20 (585): Isaac Ayon, RHP, Oregon
Did not agree to terms

Every team's signings:


How bonus pools and pick values work

Each choice in the first 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, with the total for a club's selections equaling what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. If a player taken in the top 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value gets subtracted from his team's pool. Clubs near the top of the Draft often spend less than the assigned value for those choices and use the savings to offer more money to later selections.

Teams that exceed their bonus pool face a penalty. Clubs that outspend their allotment by 0-5 percent pay a 75 percent tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, clubs lose future picks: a first-rounder and a 75 percent tax for surpassing their pool by more than 5 and up to 10 percent; a first- and a second-rounder and a 100 percent tax for more than 10 and up to 15 percent; and two first-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 15 percent.

Bonus pools by club
Pirates: $16,185,700
Tigers: $15,747,200
Nationals: $14,502,400
Twins: $14,345,600
Athletics: $14,255,600
Reds: $13,785,200
Mariners: $13,170,900
Marlins: $12,829,600
Royals: $12,313,500
Rockies: $11,909,800
D-backs: $11,084,300
Brewers: $10,950,600
Rays: $10,872,100
Orioles: $10,534,800
Red Sox: $10,295,100
Rangers: $9,925,300
Giants: $9,916,900
White Sox: $9,072,800
Cubs: $8,962,000
Guardians: $8,736,700
Mets: $8,440,400
Braves: $8,341,700
Angels: $8,328,900
Dodgers: $7,274,600
Astros: $6,747,900
Blue Jays: $6,529,700
Cardinals: $6,375,100
Padres: $5,416,000
Yankees: $5,299,400
Phillies: $5,185,500