Texas Rangers 2021 draft picks Cameron Cauley and Ian Moller have signed, per reports (and the players’ own Instagram accounts). This is not a surprise, as both were expected to sign for above slot deals.
Cauley is the team’s third round pick out of Mt. Belvieu. A prep shortstop, he was committed to Texas Tech, but will be heading to Surprise, Arizona, instead. He is reportedly getting a $1 million bonus.
Moller, the Rangers’ fourth rounder, is a high school catcher out of Iowa with a big arm, big power, and big contact issues. He’s a high-upside/high-risk guy who was committed to LSU. He is reportedly getting a $700,000 bonus.
You can see how those reported bonuses impact the Rangers’ overall pool in the chart below.
|Name||Round||Position||School||Slot value||Bonus amount||Overage/Savings|
|Cameron Cauley||3||SS||Barbers Hill HS||$857,400.00||$1,000,000.00||$ 142,600.00|
|Ian Moller||4||C||Wahlert HS||$565,600.00||$700,000.00||$ 134,400.00|
|Mitchell Bratt||5||LHP||GA Premier Acad||$418,200.00||$850,000.00||$ 431,800.00|
|Chase Lee||6||RHP||Univ. of Alabama||$312,400.00||$75,000.00||$ (237,400.00)|
|Bradford Webb||7||RHP||VCU||$243,000.00||$10,000.00||$ (233,000.00)|
|Larson Kindreich||8||LHP||Biola College||$191,500.00|
|Liam Hicks||9||C||Arkansas State||$161,400.00||$30,000.00||$ (131,400.00)|
|C.J. Widger||10||LHP||Rowan College||$149,300.00||$20,000.00||$ (129,300.00)|
|Jojo Blackmon||11||OF||Escambia HS||$ -|
|Jackson Leath||12||RHP||U of Tennessee||$ -|
|Thomas Ireland||13||LHP||Polk State JC||$ -|
|Tucker Mitchell||14||C||St Col of FL JC||$ -|
|Evan Elliott||15||RHP||Lethbridge JC||$ -|
|Ryan Ure||16||LHP||Eaton HS||$ -|
|Michael Alfonso||17||SS||Key West HS||$ -|
|Kyle Larsen||18||RHP||TNXL Academy||$ -|
|Will Taylor||19||OF||Dutch Fork HS||$ -|
|Joseph Montalvo||20||RHP||CPC Academy||$ -|
The remaining unsigned players in the first ten rounds are Jack Leiter, Aaron Zavala, and Larson Kindreich — all three are expected to sign. If, for whatever reason, one of them doesn’t sign, the Rangers lose the pool money associated with those picks. Players selected after the 10th round have no slot money associated with their pick, and thus there is no loss of pool money if the Rangers fail to sign one of them (and we already know that at least one player, 19th round Will Taylor, is going to college rather than signing). Any amounts paid to a player above $125,000 after the 10th round are applied to the team’s bonus pool money.