The last two drafts have had a large hand in the influx of talent that has the Braves farm system reaping accolades across the industry. Just in the past two years, the Braves have added guys such as Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka, Austin Riley, Lucas Herbert, AJ Minter, Ian Anderson, Joey Wentz, Kyle Muller, and Brett Cumberland among many others JUST in the past two drafts.
While the 2017 draft is still months away (June 12 for you try-hards out there that need to make arrangements), there is still time to think about and speculate ad nauseam about it.
First, it is worth noting here that not all the bonus pool numbers here have been updated as of this writing to reflect the penalties handed down against the Cardinals today. Here is a tweet from John Manuel that reflects those changes.
Sorry, it's a 2nd round & 2nd-supp. the Cardinals lost; first pick is No. 94, 3rd rounder. Houston now 11th-largest bonus pool at $8,608,300— John Manuel (@johnmanuelba) January 30, 2017
These changes, however, do not effect the Braves’ draft position or pools. Basically, the pool money and picks went from the Cardinals to the Astros. The Braves have the 9th largest bonus pool in the draft with $9,409,600. The biggest chunk of that is the slot allotment for the 5th overall pick which is $5,435,000.
The Braves own the 5th, 41st, and 80th picks in the first three rounds of the draft. Keep in mind there are several supplemental draft picks in that range that the Braves could acquire which would affect their bonus pool as well. Knowing Coppy, he is already working the phones to try and get just such picks.