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2009 Draft by the Numbers

The 2009 draft pick signing deadline passed last night at midnight, with the Pirates standing pat with 23 players picked. Check out the Draft Pick Signing Tracker to see who the Pirates signed, as well as announced bonuses.

I’ve also updated my spreadsheet with announced bonus information from every team, as well as the round by round signing status for every team. A few important notes on this:

1. The bonus amounts aren’t final. They only include announced bonuses. For example, the Pirates signed Aaron Baker, but no bonus has been announced. So in the “Other” section, the Pirates are listed for $550 K, but this doesn’t include signings with no bonus announced.

2. Bonuses are announced for all teams in the top ten rounds.

3. College seniors and independent league players can still sign, which will impact this list with guys like Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers.

Here are some quick numbers on the Pirates draft:

-The Pirates spent an announced $8,606,900 on the whole draft, which ranks sixth in the majors. That includes $8,056,900 in the top ten rounds, which also ranks sixth.

-The bonus given to Tony Sanchez was the 12th highest bonus in the first round.

-The $600 K given to Zack Dodson in the fourth round was tied for the fifth highest bonus in that round.

-The $1.2 M bonus given to Zach Von Rosenberg in the sixth round was the second highest bonus in that round.

-The $350 K bonus given to Trent Stevenson in the seventh round was the fifth highest bonus in that round.

-The $1.125 M bonus given to Colton Cain in the eighth round was not only the highest bonus of the round, but the only bonus over $200 K in that round.

-Colton Cain was the only player to receive seven figures past the sixth round.

-Zach Von Rosenberg was the sixth highest bonus in the draft after the second round. Cain was the seventh highest bonus.

-Only eight players received more than Jeffrey Inman after the tenth round.

-The Pirates, Tigers, and Yankees are the only teams to give three different seven figure deals. Kansas City will join that list if they sign Aaron Crow.

-There were only eight seven figure bonuses after the second round. The Pirates had two of those bonuses. Kansas City was the only other team to have two seven figure bonuses after the second round.

I’ll have my thoughts on the Pirates draft as a whole in the notebook tonight.

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