Because of the college commitment, many will be expensive to sign, realizing that it's a gamble to wait until you are a college junior to sign, but knowing that your worth may be many times the original offer.
Most, if not all, major league clubs will make offers to all the players they have drafted. Perhaps the money may not be the amount expected, but then the choice is with the player.
Signing bonuses will range from millions of dollars to perhaps $5,000. Many long-time baseball aficionados can remember when a signing bonus might be a bus ticket to Thomasville, Georgia or Ponca City, Oklahoma and if you were very lucky, maybe a new glove.
Those that so sign will be sorted out and sent to the minor league club that fits their experience. Traditionally, high school players will be sent to the Gulf Coast League and college players to Ogden. However, if the player is a bit older or more experienced, he will be directed to Great Lakes and maybe even Inland Empire.
And thus their great adventure begins, the envy of their friends as well as the thousands of other hopefuls who didn't get a call at all on draft day.
These ignored or overlooked players can be signed as free agents, but after nearly 1,200 youngsters were selected by one club or another, their chances of getting a chance has just about disappeared.
The final player chosen by the Dodgers, in he 45th round, and the 1,357th player chosen at that time. Lest he feel badly about being selected so late in the draft, he should remember another catcher picked about the same time in a previous draft by the name of Mike Piazza who made quite a nice little name for himself in the game.
The final Dodger selections:
#1 - RHP Ethan Martin Stephens County High, GA #2 - RHP Josh Lindblom Purdue #3 - OF Kyle Russell Texas #4 - RHP Devaris Strange-Gordon Seminole (FL) CC #5 - RHP JonMichael Redding Florida CC, Jacksonville #6 - SS Tony Delmonico Florida State #7 - LHP Bruce Cole Rice #8 - OF Nick Buss USC # 9 - 1B Steven Caseres James Madison, VA #10 - RHP Chris Joyce Dos Pueblos HS, Goleta, CA #11 - LHP Nathan Eovaldi Alvin HS, Texas #12 - 3B Austin Yount Stanford #13 - 1b Albert Golder Louisiana Tech #14 - RHP/SS Lenell McGee Mt. Carmel #15 - OF Clay Calfee Angelo State #16 - OF Kyle Conley Washington #17 - LHP Daniel Coulombe Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, AZ #18 - RHP Carl Webster McMichael HS #19 - LHP David Rollins Baptist Academy, Carthage, TX #20 - 3B Zach Cox Pleasure Ridge HS, Louisville #21 - RHP David Sever St. Louis, MO #22 - RHP Matthew Smith Wichita State #23 - 2B Brian Ruggiano Texas A&M #24 - LHP Roberto Feliciano Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. #25 - OF Jerry Sands Catawba, NC #26 - RHP/INF Cody Weiss Parkland HS, Allentown, PA #27 - RHP Clayton Allison Fresno State #28 - LHP Jordan Roberts Embry-Riddel #29 - LHP Jonathan Runnels Rice #30 - 2B Garrett Green San Diego State, CA #31 - RHP Matt McGill Royal HS, Simi Valley, CA #32 - 3B Shan Sullivan Angelo State CA #33 - OF Melvin Ray North Florida Christian #34 - RHP/OF Andrew Darwin San Jacinto JC #35 - RHP Adam Westmorland Brookland-Cayce, SC #36 - OF Jake New Tennessee Tech #37 - RHP Will Clinard East Robertson, Tenn #38 - 1B Tommy Nurre Miami Ohio #40 - RF Jimmy Parque Skyline (CA) JC #41 - 3B/C Jett Bandy Thousand Oaks, CA #43 - OF Greg Zebrack Campbell Hall, CA #44 - LHP Matthew Reed West Stanley Hs, Oakboro, NC #45 - C Ryan Arp