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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mock Draft: Early look at 2017’s Top 10 picks | MLB.com

1. Twins
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.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How The New CBA Changes The Draft | BaseballAmerica.com

It’s almost like a whole new draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, rule 4 draft

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Competitive Balance picks set for MLB Draft | MLB.com

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2016 at 02:44 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Monday, November 21, 2016

Major League Spending Trends: The Draft Bonus Pool – The Hardball Times

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?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, cba

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Major League Baseball is pushing for an International Draft. It will be a disaster. - MLB Daily Dish

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, international players

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MLB teams spent record $268 million on amateur draft bonuses – The Denver Post

I still wish teams could trade draft picks.

Major league teams have spent a record $267.95 million on signing bonuses for players drafted last month, a 7.4 percent increase from last year’s final total of $249.38 million.

Spending initially declined when restraints were put in place ahead of the 2012 draft, but has gradually risen under the five-year labor contract with the players’ association.
...
Atlanta spent the most this year on amateur draft signing bonuses at nearly $15.6 million, followed by Philadelphia ($15 million), San Diego ($14.9 million) and Cincinnati ($14.7 million).

The Chicago Cubs were last at $2.96 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, economics

 

 

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