As a result of finishing 73-89 last year, tied for the ninth worst record with San Francisco who hold the tiebreak and the Altanta Braves slotting in 9th with their compensation pick, the Blue Jays will once again pick 11th overall in 2019. The total draft pool of $8,663,300 is the 15th largest pool along the 30 teams, one spot higher than last year.
Here is a breakdown of the Blue Jays draft pool by pick and slot (via Jim Callis of MLB.com):
Teams can spend up to 5% beyond their pool while only paying a 75% tax on the overage (no team has gone beyond 5% over in the six drafts since this system was put in place with the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement). That would give the Jays another $399,105 to spend and bring their total spend without draconian penalties to $8,381,205. Or a penny less than that anyway.
The above draft pool also doesn’t count the portion of any bonus under $125,000 awarded to