The White Sox have more than $9 million to spend on amateur signing bonuses this summer, one of the few perks of their dismal 2013 campaign.
Courtesy of their 99-loss season, the White Sox will select third overall in June’s amateur draft. Baseball America announced Thursday the team would have $9,509,700 to spend on signing bonuses, a total that would signify a franchise record if the club spends it.
The White Sox haven’t drafted this high since they selected Alex Fernandez with the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft. Over the past two seasons, the team has combined to spend $11.8 million on amateur bonuses.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said the team has earmarked nearly $15 million for amateur and international signing bonuses in 2014.
While they haven’t honed in on whom they will take, Hahn knows the player will be talented and most likely a pitcher.
“We're going to get a good player at three and frankly part of the benefit of the lousy season last year isn't just the player you get at three but the larger signing pool that allows you to get even better players throughout the entire draft,” Hahn said before adding the amount “is a tremendous shot in the arm for the organization.”
The Miami Marlins pick first overall followed by the Houston Astros. The Cubs have the fourth pick in the draft. Miami’s signing bonus pool is $14,199,300 while Houston’s is $13,362,200.