ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals announced the signings of two more top Draft picks on Monday, with second-rounder Bryce Denton and third-rounder Harrison Bader joining the organization.
Denton reached an above-slot agreement with the Cardinals last week that became finalized once he passed his physical. The agreement includes a $1.2 million bonus, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis.
Denton, the 66th overall pick in this month's Draft, was considered a tough sign given his commitment to Vanderbilt University. But the Cards went well overslot in hopes of luring him away from college. The bonus value assigned to that pick was $935,400.
Outfielder Nick Plummer (23rd overall pick) passed on a scholarship to the University of Kentucky to sign for $2.1244 million, the precise bonus value for that selection. Pitchers Jake Woodford (39th overall) and Jordan Hicks (105th overall) agreed to above-slot bonuses of $1.8 million and $600,000, respectively. As a result, the Cards have spent an overage of $535,900 in bonus money in signing four of their first five Draft picks.
Bader couldn't sign until after his collegiate season ended. A junior outfielder for the University of Florida, Bader advanced to the College World Series with the Gators this month.
These two signings, along with the agreement reached with left-hander Ian Oxnevad (eighth round), leave outfielder Kep Brown, a 10th-round choice, as the only unsigned player from the first 10 rounds of the Cardinals' 2015 Draft. Brown has a firm commitment to the University of Miami, and he's not expected to sign, especially now that the Cards have neared their spending limits with several other above-slot signings.
The Cardinals, based on their number of picks and the placement of them, have a bonus pool of $7.387 million to distribute to players they selected in the first 10 rounds. Any player taken after the 10th round who signs for more than $100,000 also has that overage count against the bonus pool.
The club can exceed its pool amount by up to 5 percent without sacrificing a future Draft selection.
In addition to the aforementioned signings, the Cards have also reached agreements with right-hander Max Almonte (16th round), catcher Chris Chinea (17th round) and right-hander Luke Harrison (35th round). Teams have until 4 p.m. CT on July 17 to sign players from this year's Draft.