Padres finalize signings for all 18 Draft picks

July 25th, 2023

The Padres have signed all 18 of their Draft picks, plus eight non-drafted free agents, the team announced Thursday afternoon, a hugely encouraging end to a Draft season that came with its share of challenges.

San Diego had been docked two picks in the aftermath of signing Xander Bogaerts while having exceeded the Collective Bargaining Tax. A handful of the team's Day 3 signings came with signability question marks, but the Padres and those draftees found a way to make it work, even with a limited bonus pool.

The team did not disclose the bonus amounts, though has confirmed the details on a number of those deals. Players drafted from Round 11 on do not count against bonus pools unless their signing bonus exceeds $150,000; any amount over that total will count against the pool.

Here's the full list of the Padres' 2023 Draft picks:

Total bonus pool: $5,416,000
MLB rank: 28

1 (25): Dillon Head, OF, Homewood Flossmoor HS (IL)
Pick value: $3,165,400
Signing bonus: $2,800,000
The Padres signed Head under his slot value, which ultimately proved useful in agreeing with some later-round picks. But this was no cost-savings move. San Diego is enamored with Head's upside as a speedy outfielder with excellent bat-to-ball skills and some "sneaky juice in there offensively."

3 (96): J.D. Gonzalez, C, Anita Otero Hernandez HS (PR)
Pick value: $698,600
Signing bonus: $550,000

The 17-year-old out of Puerto Rico is a lefty-hitting backstop with some serious defensive tools. If he can realize his potential, the Padres feel they may have made up for the loss of their second-round pick by taking an upper-round talent in the third.

4 (128): Homer Bush Jr., OF, Grand Canyon University
Pick value: $511,600
Signing bonus: $511,600
Thirty-two years after his father was drafted by and signed with the Padres, Bush Jr. agreed to a deal for precisely the slot value of his pick. Another speedy outfielder, Bush boasts a similar skill set to his father -- with a bigger frame and perhaps the potential to grow into some pop.

6 (191): Jay Beshears, 2B, Duke
Pick value: $287,770
Signing bonus: $250,000

7 (221): Tucker Musgrove, TWP, University of Mobile
Pick value: $226,100
Signing bonus: $175,000

8 (251): Kannon Kemp, RHP, Weatherford HS (TX)
Pick value: $188,800
Signing bonus: $625,000

9 (281): Ryan Wilson, OF, Davidson
Pick value: $173,400
Signing bonus: $125,000

10 (311): Nik McClaughry, SS, Arizona
Pick value: $164,400
Signing bonus: $25,000

11 (341): Carson Montgomery, OF, Florida State
Signing bonus: $200,000

12 (371): Blake Dickerson, LHP, Ocean Lakes HS (VA)
Signing bonus: $500,000

13 (401): Dane Lais, OF, Oregon City HS (OR)
Signing bonus: $350,000

14 (431): Tyler Morgan, 2B, Abilene Christian
Signing bonus: $125,000

15 (461): Zac Addkison, TWP, Marshall
Signing bonus: $150,000

16 (491): Sam Whiting, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
Signing bonus: $150,000

17 (521): Eric Yost, OF, Northeastern
Signing bonus: $150,000

18 (551): Harry Gustin, SS, Hawaii
Signing bonus: $150,000

19 (581): Adler Cecil, OF, Temecula Valley HS (CA)
Signing bonus: $175,000

20 (611): B.Y. Choi, SS, New Mexico Military Institute
Has agreed to deal; terms not disclosed.

Non-drafted free-agent signings
RHP Langston Burkett
RHP Breck Eichelberger
RHP Joan Gonzalez
RHP Will Varmette
CF Donte Grant
C Addison Kopack
RF Ethan Long
C Colton Vincent

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