Amateur Draft Newsbeat
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Now we have Greene. Greene touched 97-98 mph on occasion last summer on the showcase circuit, but after an offseason of rest and workouts, it will be a surprise if he doesn’t tickle triple digits this spring. Scouts have already seen him touch 101 mph in games this month and he isn’t even fully stretched out yet.
Pint’s velocity came with effort in his delivery. Greene’s is easy. It makes it easier for scouts to project him to consistently locate his fastball, something he’s already demonstrated. His fastball also has late life that generates swings and misses. He’s also shown a potentially plus slider, a curve and a promising changeup. Many of Greene’s outings last summer were notable for how brief they were—his effectiveness meant that he was often done after just a few pitches.
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 12:54 PM | 6 comment(s)
Friday, January 27, 2017
The top-end bonuses may shrink but the pots of gold will still be there.
We’re all happy there won’t be a lockout or a work stoppage, but it’s otherwise hard to find the positives in the changes in the newest agreement. To protect the owners from their own thriftless ways, the agreement threatens to dilute baseball’s talent pool and divert money from the pockets of a largely poor work force into the well-lined coffers of the teams. That may be business as usual for MLB dating all the way back to Branch Rickey’s heyday, but it’s disheartening all the same.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Callis: Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida. Hunter Greene is the consensus top prospect right now, but I can’t see Minnesota’s new regime becoming the first to take a high school right-hander at 1-1. The Twins are more apt to take whomever they deem as the best of a deep college pitching crop.
Mayo: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). It’s true that a high school right-hander never has gone No. 1 overall, but Greene is the kind of dynamic athlete and performer who could finally break that streak.
Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Competitive Balance Rounds are no longer determined via lottery. Instead, all teams that fall in the bottom 10 in revenue and bottom 10 in market size will get a pick in Round A, after the first round, or Round B, following the second round. Using a formula that takes revenue and winning percentage into account, six teams were awarded Round A picks, with eight teams getting picks in Comp Round B. The groups of teams will switch in 2018 (meaning there will be eight Comp Round A picks, six in Round B), and will alternate as such for the life of this CBA.
The Rays, Reds, A’s, Brewers, Twins and Marlins, in that order, will pick in Round A, while the Round B order will be: D-backs, Padres, Rockies, Indians, Pirates, Royals, Orioles and Cardinals.
Posted: December 13, 2016 at 02:44 PM | 28 comment(s)
Monday, November 21, 2016
I’m not sure where the problem is. If you set up a rule with a limit and have no penalty for exceeding the limit by a certain amount, the actual limit is the point where you pay no penalty.
The slotting system works. It has limited spending.
Theory 3 appears to be the most plausible, then. Teams are pushing the limits of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement’s bonus slot punishment format. There is simply not a large enough disincentive to prevent organizations from going up to that 5 percent border and then cutting themselves off before they start losing future picks.
Thus, the trend is there. Teams are increasingly disregarding MLB’s bonus slot recommendations. The questions now lie in the future: How will teams act in respect to draft bonus slots and how might the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement change to inflict harsher penalties for going over budget — or will it even wipe out the slot concept as a whole?
Posted: November 21, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
When Major League Baseball expanded its amateur draft to Puerto Rico in 1990, it had a catastrophic effects on the island’s baseball community. In 2007, the island’s Secretary of Sport, David Bernier, told Jesse Sanchez, “The investment in Puerto Rico is not a cost-effective one for Major League teams and has lost charm for the recruiter. This reality is substantiated by the decrease in numbers of players selected through the Draft and active in the Major Leagues…. This creates a domino effect, less players at the top, less enthusiasm at the base.” “What’s the difference between 1980 and 2011?” Bernier asks in a separate interview with Jorge Castillo of The New York Times, The draft. Nothing has changed but the draft. Everything else is the same.”
Regardless of the other disastrous outcomes for amateur baseball writ large, when that draft is expanded and imposed on young players without their consent, limiting their economic freedom at what may be their one chance to truly exercise it? When billionaires take from the pockets of Latinos to avoid having to pay the going rate for their talents, and drive those markets out of existence? That’s not just immoral and unethical, it’s reprehensible. And it’s un-American.
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