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Players from Puerto Rico are subject to the Major League draft, which, kills the incentive for teams and scouts to go there and develop teenage talent like they do in the Dominican Republic or Venezuela.
At the same time, there is not enough wealth in Puerto Rico to support the sort of talent development which now rules in the United States and Canada (i.e. expensive youth leagues).
Major League Baseball has been working on this problem for a while now. Chucking the draft there would help solve it, of course,
but that’s not happening because MLB loves the draft.
Also, Puerto Rico is only 100 miles by 35 miles. How expensive could an "expensive youth league" be on an island where one would never have to stay overnight in a hotel?
It can be a very long drive from say, San Juan to Guayamo. Roads aren't exactly interstates, and no other means of getting around (well, you could fly. Or sail).
Teams don't develop (amateur) teenage talent in the D.R. or Venezuela, either. They develop players after they've been signed, just like teams do with players from anywhere else.
isn't the problem that PR players lose 2 years of development because they have to wait until they're 18 to be drafted instead of getting signed as free agents at 16?
Bring back the Inter-American_League!
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