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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Skippers learning on job brings mixed results |

Notes from the Cowboy.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, managers, notes, reds, rockies

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Competitive Balance Lottery gives Draft picks |

The Reds win! Pop the champagne!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Slot This: Examining Two Puzzlers Following an Otherwise Unsurprising MLB Draft Signing Deadline Day «

Some draft oddities.

The no. 2 pick, Alex Bregman, gave the Astros a discount in excess of $1.5 million, most of which went toward Houston signing the no. 37 pick, Daz Cameron, to a deal worth nearly two and a half times the draft slot value. That’s usually what happens when one player signs for less than his slot value: The money shows up later in the draft, allowing the team to grab another quality player who would’ve gone back to school unless the price was right.

Usually, but not in Arizona’s case. The Diamondbacks left $1.7 million of their bonus pool on the table, which, if not literally unprecedented, is still preposterously irresponsible. The draft, by design, allows teams to sign amateur players for far less than they’d be worth on the open market, not only by limiting the players’ negotiating leverage by restricting them to one team, but also by reducing the amount teams are able to pay them. Most teams lay out their draft plan and have a good idea what each player is going to cost in the early rounds, so that late on the third day they can take a few talented high schoolers who made clear their desire to go to college, then tempt those players with an over-slot bonus in case, say, an extra $1.7 million shows up unexpectedly.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks go down to wire with No. 1 pick

The slot system definitely removes a lot of leverage for most top picks.

The Diamondbacks have the second-biggest bonus pool, at $12,816,100, to spend on their top-10 picks. The first overall selection has a pool value of $8,616,900. Arizona has agreed to at-slot deals with each of their other top-10 draft picks, except for ninth-rounder Pierce Romero, who received just shy of $130,000 over slot.

That means the Diamondbacks should have plenty of cash to sign Swanson. That may not matter, as the industry consensus seems to be Swanson will sign for a below-slot deal. Since Major League Baseball introduced the bonus pool system in 2012, no top draft pick has signed for slot or more.

Arizona would seem to have the leverage with Swanson. The 2015 draft was seen as weak compared with past years, and if Swanson does not sign and returns to Vanderbilt for his senior year there’s no guarantee he would go first overall again. The Diamondbacks would lose his draft slot in that scenario, meaning the amount of money they can spend on draft picks without penalty drops from nearly $13 million to about $4.2 million, but they would receive the No. 2 overall selection in next year’s draft

That basically happened with the Astros and Aiken this year. It’s all “what-if” to Watson at this point, though.

“I don’t even think we’re at that stage,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson, diamondbacks

Monday, June 15, 2015

Economics take toll on talent pool in MLB | TribLIVE

“We like two-sport athletes, and we absolutely covet three-sport athletes,” General Manager Neal Huntington said. “We think they are a much better athlete. We believe in our developmental system. We feel there is a little bit more ceiling.”

Jacoby Jones, a third-round pick in 2013, played outfield and second base at LSU. But the former prep football player has played shortstop in the Pirates’ system.

“The mobility, agility stuff, quick short-yardage stuff,” Jones said of football actions that help him at shortstop.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, pirates

Friday, June 12, 2015

DIRK HAYHURST » The Road Ahead

Some advice for recent draftees.

No one is saying you can’t enjoy the good days—you totally should. But you’re not an awesome person because you played well, or play at all, and you don’t suck at life because you stunk today. Simply put; you get paid to play a kid’s game, and somedays the ball will bounce in your favor and others it won’t. All you can do is train to give yourself more chances at success than the standard distribution calls for. What happens after that is just an outcome, not a definition of your worth.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Take a look at how the MLB Draft breaks down state-by-state |

Jim Callis picks the best players by state. I’m not sure how he selected the state. Just looking over the list, I see Jerry Remy is listed in Rhode Island. He was born and raised in Massachusetts.

Edit: I just noticed the writer said, “Note: The states listed here refer to the school the player was drafted out of, not the state in which he was born.” That’s wonky. So, a person who lived his entire life in one state gets misclassified if he goes away to college. In Jerry Remy’s case, he signed out of high school and didn’t even play for Roger Williams University.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

2015 Draft: Best Available For Day Two -

BA’s best available for day two.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Tulo, CarGo leading Rockies’ resurgence |

Much to my disappointment, I was just too tired to make it through the second round. Still some good players available for day two.

The top 10 players, according to the rankings, still on the board, are:
23. Donny Everett, RHP, Clarksville HS (Tenn.)
28. Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke
31. Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (Calif.)
33. Dakota Chalmers, RHP, North Forsyth HS (Ga.)
39. Jacob Nix, RHP, IMG Acadamy (Fla.)
41. Jalen Miller, SS, Riverwood International Charter School (Ga.)
45. Riley Ferrell, RHP, TCU
47. Blake Trahan, SS, Lousiana-Lafayette
54. Luken Baker, RHP/1B, Oak Ridge HS (Texas)
55. Cole Sands, RHP, North Florida Christian HS (Fla.)

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Monday, June 08, 2015

2015 MLB Draft News |

If you can’t watch the draft on the MLB Network, you can watch it online at

Watch LIVE: Coverage begins tonight at 6 p.m. ET, Round 1 at 7 p.m.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 05:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Draft Evolves, Grows In Spite Of Little Fanfare -

A great look at the history of the draft by Allan Simpson.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

On eve of draft, Astros say they’ve moved on from Brady Aiken debacle - Ultimate Astros

A review of the Brady Aiken/Astros issues last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, astros

Shortstops remain headliners of latest mock Draft |

The top of the mock drafts has changed a bit over the last month. No more mock drafts after today, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Do Puerto Rican ballplayers belong in a stateside or potential international MLB draft?

“The biggest problem in Puerto Rico is lack of dedication,” Posada said. “In Puerto Rico there is less of a need to play baseball. But the draft also makes it tough. You have kids here who are 16 and 17 competing against kids in the states who are already in junior college. So we just try our best to give them a good start, help them develop the tools, bodies, arms and the rest will come.”

But what about the big elephant-in-the-room question? Isn’t asking Caribbean scouts to find Puerto Ricans for the stateside draft a little like asking the goat to guard the lettuce?

As a scout, there is much more incentive to discover (and hone) young talent in neighboring Dominican Republic, Venezuela and now Cuba, and sign them to the club the scout works for. There’s much less impetus to develop or find hidden gems in Puerto Rico and then serve them up to a new player draft for rival clubs.

“The only incentive a scout in Puerto Rico has to find talent is the pride of wanting to pick the best for Puerto Rico,” Big League Team Elite coach Rodríguez said.“I have seen scouts who will say about a kid with good potential: ‘I’m going to hide him.’ But in Puerto Rico that is not possible.”

Why Yankees have failed in the draft — and why that may change | New York Post

Joel Sherman writes about the Yankees drafts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, yankees

For MLB draftees, college-or-pro decision still not easy | TribLIVE

During the two years before the Phillies again drafted him — in the third round rather than the 20th — Worley played at Long Beach State and learned about a drawback of college athletics: self-financed health care.

While bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen as a sophomore, he missed time with an elbow injury.

“You always go see a specialist,” Worley said. “But at least with Major League Baseball and the minors, you’re getting covered by the team. In college, it’s, ‘All right, do I believe (one doctor’s opinion)? I don’t know if I can afford to see a specialist and then afford to have a surgery if I need it.’ It’s a guessing game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Handicapping No. 1 Draft pick candidates |

Jonathan Mayo throws out two new Tyler “darkhorses” for the Diamondback’s first pick, Tyler Stephenson and Tyler Jay.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

Friday, June 05, 2015

Toolshed: 2015 Major League Baseball Draft preview | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Listing the top prospects. Here’s an explanation of how the slot system works.

Ahead of the 2012 Draft, Major League Baseball instituted a slot system to put a limit on how much clubs are allowed to spend in the first 10 rounds. A designated amount is assigned to each pick (greater amounts for higher picks), and the collective amount for an organization’s total picks is considered its cap. The more or higher picks you have, the bigger your pool. For instance, the Astros, who have two top-five picks, have the biggest pool this season at $17,289,200. The Mets, who don’t have a pick until No. 53, have the smallest at $3,587,800.

Teams can go above or below slot to sign any player, adding or subtracting to their amount they can give other draft picks but lose the slot value of a pick in their pool if they don’t sign that player at all. (For example, if the Rockies don’t sign the No. 3 pick at all, they can’t spread that $6,223,300 around to other picks.)

There are penalties for an organization for going over its allotted pool on a particular Draft class, and those penalties not exactly just slaps on the wrist. If a team goes 0-5 percent over their allotted pool, it’s taxed 75 percent of the overage. If it goes 5-10 percent above, it’s taxed 75 percent and loses a first-round pick the following season. If it goes 10-15 percent above, it gets a 100 percent tax on the overage and loses a first- and second-round pick. Anything more than that and the organization gets taxed 100 percent and loses first-round picks in the following two Drafts.

The system has worked from an ownership point of view. In 2011 before the slot system went into play, six players signed for bonuses higher than $5 million. In the four Drafts since then, only five (Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Carlos Rodon, Mark Appel) total have done so. 

Baseball America has the breakdown of released slot values by pick and total pools by organization.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Caught in the Draft | Baseball Hall of Fame

Some Hall of Fame draft history.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, hall of fame, history



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