The second-overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft, LSU shortstop Alex Bregman signed with the Astros for $6 million, reports Ross Dellenger of the The Advocate.
#LSU SS Bregman agrees to $6M deal w/ Astros; Chinea to sign w/ Cards today; Foster, Stevenson to sign n coming days http://t.co/RG2wUjiTDu— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) June 24, 2015
The number two pick slot value is $7,420,100 million. If the report is correct, the Astros will have saved $1,420,100 million. Pushing their total saves thus far with their picks in the first 10 rounds, to $2,335,100 million.
The savings didn't stop with former Tigers. MLB.com is reporting that the Astros signed their ninth round pick Zac Person under slot as well. Person's bonus is reported to be $10,000, the slot is valued at $164,200.00 -- $154,200 savings. The remaining slot money now totals -- $2,489,300.
The importance of this saving is for Houston to have enough slot money left over for the 37th pick overall, Daz Cameron. Mike Cameron's son fell down draft board due to signability issue after not going in the top ten. Houston appeared to be the only option for Daz to be signed following the 2015 draft, as the Astros had the largest pool of slot money -- $17,289,200.
The 37th pick overall is valued at $1,668,600. Assuming that the Astros can sign second round pick Thomas Eshelman and third round pick Riley Ferrell at slot or under, Houston as $4,157,900 million to work with when it comes to signing Cameron.
That doesn't include the fact that teams are allowed to go up to 105% of their bonus pool without being penalized.
The Astros also signed undrafted a free agent out of Rice, infielder Ford Stainback. This season with the Owls, Stainback batted .346 (81x234) with 11 doubles, three triples, 50 runs scored, 29 RBIs, 31 walks, 33 strikeouts, two stolen bases, .419 SLG, and .421 OBP.