Omaha, NE, USA; Florida Gators pitcher Brian Johnson (35) pitches against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first inning of game four of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE
The first 10 rounds and 12 picks from the 2012 MLB amateur draft are now all officially signed, as Florida pitchers Brian Johnson and Austin Maddox both inked deals with the Red Sox. Johnson, a starting pitcher selected at #31 in the draft, went for the recommended slot value of $1.575 million, while Maddox, another righty hurler, signed for $350,000, below the $400,500 set aside for the third-round selection.
The completed version of Boston's first 10 rounds is below:
(In addition, the official figure for 10th-rounder J.T. Watkins was announced, and, as guessed in this space, it was for $1,000, or $124,000 under slot.)
The Red Sox went over their allotted draft budget, but as they could spend up to five percent over that figure before incurring a penalty, their actual allowed budget was $7.228 million. With that in mind, they still have just under $187,000 that they can spend on picks from the 11th round onward. Bonuses of over $100,000 after the first 10 rounds are counted against the draft budget, whereas under $100,000 is separate.
Johnson is likely to be a starter in the majors, as he's a high-floor, low-ceiling kind of arm expected to slot into the back-end of a rotation. Maddox might end up being a reliever, but as is Boston's way, will likely start in the minors in order flesh out his repertoire, and give him more innings to hone his craft.