The signing deadline for the 2022 Major League Baseball draft is August 1st at 5pm ET. That leaves eight days as of this writing to get players signed, except for college seniors or those players who attended a junior college (but were drafted after the 10th round) – those players can sign up until 1 week prior to next years draft. Cincinnati has already signed all of their top 10 round picks with the lone exception of 1st round pick (and 18th overall selection) Cam Collier. They have also reportedly signed 13th round pick Johnathan Harmon and 20th round selection Joseph Menefee.
No team has ever faced the 2nd level of punishment for going over their draft allotment pool money. The first level is that a team can go 5% over their allotment and has to pay a penalty on the overage. The next level, though, is forfeiture of the following season’s 1st round draft pick and no team has ever felt that penalty was worth meeting. Let’s assume that the Reds don’t think it’s worth going over that 5% mark. And let’s also assume that the two picks we don’t know bonuses for at this point are for slot value – that would leave Cincinnati with $4,844,280 to sign Cam Collier for. In reality there’s probably a little more because 9th rounder Rob Hensey is a senior and probably didn’t get slot value there ($160,400).
If you hadn’t noticed, and want to follow along with the signings, we’ve got the 2022 Reds Draft Tracker up and running.
Carlos Sanchez’s on-base streak
If you’re a subscriber at Patreon (which, hey – you should be!) you probably have read me talking about this for weeks now, but down in the Dominican Summer League Carlos Sanchez has been crushing the ball in his first professional season. The 17-year-old has gotten on base in all 32 games he’s played in this season. He’s currently hitting .412/.550/.505 with 29 walks, 19 strikeouts, and 8 stolen bases on the year.
Earlier today he played in the Dominican Summer League All-Star game, and he went 1-1 with a walk. That unofficially stretches the streak to 33 games.
I looked and could not find the rosters/selections for the game, so unfortunately it’s possible that a DSL Reds player was named to the team who didn’t play in it and for now is not being given the public credit for it. Aside from Sanchez, the only other Reds player that got into the game was Ray-Jacson Chirino. He finished 0-3 on the day. The game ended in a tie. Bud Selig was not in attendance.