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Jim Callis

Rodon, Kolek join $6 million club

Rodon, Kolek join $6 million club

Carlos Rodon and Tyler Kolek became the 19th and 20th players to receive Draft signing bonuses of $6 million or more. Rodon's $6,582,000 is the fifth-highest ever and established a new White Sox franchise standard, eclipsing Joe Borchard's then-Draft record of $5.3 million in 2000. Rodon also raised the bar for left-handed pitchers, passing Danny Hultzen's $6.35 million in 2011 (which was part of an $8 million Major League contract with the Mariners).

Kolek's $6 million was the largest in Marlins history. Josh Beckett held the previous club record, $3,625,000 as part of a $7 million big league deal in 1999. Jameson Taillon is the only high school pitcher ever to get a bigger bonus than Kolek, signing with the Pirates for $6.5 million in 2010.

Aiken's original agreement with the Astros would have matched Taillon's standard and tied for the sixth-highest bonus in Draft history.

Highest bonuses in Draft history

$8,000,000 - Gerrit Cole, RHP - Pirates, 2011 (No. 1)
$7,500,000 - Stephen Strasburg, RHP - Nationals, 2009 (No. 1)*
$7,500,000 - Bubba Starling, OF - Royals, 2011 (No. 5)+
$6,708,400 - Kris Bryant, 3B - Cubs, 2013 (No. 2)
$6,582,000 - Carlos Rodon, LHP - White Sox, 2014 (No. 3)
$6,500,000 - Jameson Taillon, RHP - Pirates, 2010 (No. 2)
$6,350,000 - Danny Hultzen, LHP - Mariners, 2011 (No. 2)*
$6,350,000 - Mark Appel, RHP - Astros, 2013 (No. 1)
$6,250,000 - Donavan Tate, OF - Padres, 2009 (No. 3)+
$6,250,000 - Bryce Harper, OF - Nationals, 2010 (No. 1)*
$6,200,000 - Buster Posey, C - Giants, 2008 (No. 5)
$6,150,000 - Tim Beckham, SS - Rays, 2008 (No. 1)+
$6,100,000 - Justin Upton, SS - Diamondbacks, 2005 (No. 1)+
$6,000,000 - Matt Wieters, C - Orioles, 2007 (No. 5)
$6,000,000 - Pedro Alvarez, 3B - Pirates, 2008 (No. 2)*
$6,000,000 - Eric Hosmer, 1B - Royals, 2008 (No. 3)
$6,000,000 - Dustin Ackley, OF - Mariners, 2009 (No. 2)*
$6,000,000 - Anthony Rendon, 3B - Nationals, 2011 (No. 6)*
$6,000,000 - Byron Buxton, OF - Twins, 2012 (No. 2)
$6,000,000 - Tyler Kolek, RHP - Marlins, 2014 (No. 2)

* Part of major league contract
+ Bonus spread over multiple years via two-sport athlete rule.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.