The $6.582 million signing bonus is above the $5.722 million slot for the third overall selection. The ChiSox are approximately $475,000 overall their $9.51 million spending pool for the top 10 rounds, or 4.9 percent. The team will have to pay roughly $356,000 in penalties for going over their pool but will not forfeit any future draft picks.
Rodon, a left-hander from NC State, was the top draft prospect in the country coming into the season. An up and down spring caused his stock to drop just a little bit. Baseball America said the "worst-case scenario for Rodon is a potential closer, but he's a potential frontline starter with some refinement" in their pre-draft scouting report.
Rodon's bonus is the largest given to a drafted player this year. The Astros are trying to sign first overall pick Brady Aiken to a reduced bonus after a physical showed some concerns with his elbow, according to Heyman.