Dodgers, Blue Jays, Orioles, Twins fail to sign early-round draft picks
The Los Angeles Dodgers did not sign No. 35 overall pick Kyle Funkhouser on Friday, while Blue Jays, Orioles and Twins also failed to lock down top draft picks on Friday, the deadline for signing selections from the 2015 MLB draft.
Funkhouser, a star pitcher on Louisville's NCAA super regional team, announced his decision to return for his senior season Friday on Twitter. The Dodgers will receive the No. 36 pick in the 2016 draft as compensation for not signing Funkhouser.
Just hours earlier, the Dodgers barely avoided lapsing on their top pick of the 2015 draft as well, Vanderbilt pitcher Walker Buehler, who signed for a below-slot bonus of $1.78 million, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis. CBS Sports Jon Heyman reported later on Friday that Buehler would require Tommy John surgery, potentially eliminating him from playing for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Among other Top 100 picks to not sign on Friday were Florida pre pitcher Brady Singer, the Toronto Blue Jays' selection at No. 56. Singer became the fifth Blue Jays draft pick of the top two rounds to not sign with the team in the past seven years, according to Baseball America's J.J. Cooper.
The Baltimore Orioles did not sign No. 68 pick Jonathan Hughes, a righthander out of Georgia's Flowery Branch High School, while the Minnesota Twins missed on Kyle Cody, a Competitive Balance Round B pick.
Also in danger of not signing was Arizona Diamondbacks No. 1 overall pick Dansy Swanson, who finalized a deal with a $6.5 million signing bonus just before Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline.