Friday, April 29, 2016
The Draft is just six weeks away and we’re kicking up MLBPipeline.com’s coverage a few notches today by updating and expanding our Top Prospects list to 100. I also wrote an overview of the top talent available, and Jonathan Mayo will break down options for the Phillies with the No. 1 overall pick Friday. On Monday, we’ll both speculate as to how the first 10 choices could unfold. Then on Tuesday, I’ll detail the prospects whose stock has risen and fallen the most since the start of the year.
Posted: April 29, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Barnegat High School senior left-handed pitcher Jason Groome, the No. 1 overall prospect for June’s Major League Baseball draft, has been ruled ineligible by the state’s governing body for high school athletics for violating the state’s transfer rule, NJ Advance Media has learned.
Barnegat must forfeit victories in which Groome played this season and his statistics over the past two weeks will be erased, including the 19 strikeouts he racked up during a no-hitter he threw against Central Regional Monday.
Groome spent last season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., before transferring back to Barnegat this year to finish his high school career playing with childhood friends. According to New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association bylaws, Groome’s move from the boarding school back to Barnegat did not constitute a bona fide change of address and Groome had to sit out 30 days or half of the season’s games before becoming eligible.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
A year after spending a franchise-record $9,018,050 on Draft bonuses, the Reds are poised to blow well past that figure in 2016. According to figures released by MLB to teams Monday, Cincinnati has baseball’s largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s Draft at $13,923,700.
Each pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, and the total for each of a team’s choices covers what it can spend without penalty in those rounds. Any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given to an individual player selected in rounds 11-40 also counts against a club’s bonus pool. The amounts rise each year in accordance with Major League Baseball’s revenue growth and increased by 4.62 percent compared to 2015.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Sorry, I don’t even know where to start on this article. I really like Ken Rosenthal and generally enjoy his stuff but this piece is a mess.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Tanking as an issue is much ado about nothing. Teams already pay a price for tanking. Attendance and ratings drop.
Now, however, there is a lockstep relationship between losing and the draft. If you’re not going to make the playoffs, it’s clearly better to lose 105 games than 95. at a certain point it’s in a club’s best interest to simply wave the white flag and position itself for three years from now. Unless and until that relationship is reduced in strength, that incentive will persist.
If, as Olney says, owners are angry about taking, which one of them is going to propose that they chuck draft slotting and bonus pools first? And if mid-range veteran free agents are going to be miffed that they’re still unsigned in February — or if they’re going to be upset with how an allegedly tanking team goes about its business — which union representatives are going to go back to what Michael Weiner thought about the topic back in 2009 and go back to the business of opposing salary caps in all forms?
Gentlemen: start your negotiating.
As Buster Olney noted in his column , “Some of the concerned teams link the question of tanking to the ongoing conversation about revenue-sharing, according to sources. Owners of large-market teams believe small-market teams should allocate funds provided to them to improving their on-field product. Instead, in some cases, those dollars have been used for debt and for partner and executive payments. Some small-market owners believe they should be able to use the revenue-sharing funds as they see fit.
The possibility that some teams which get revenue-sharing dollars might be taking the money and still structuring their rosters to lose rather than spending it to improve has inflamed the ire of some big-market clubs.”
So, the issue isn’t really about tanking or the draft, it’s about money big market teams give to small market teams.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
High school players who are drafted will now be allowed to have an agent negotiate for them with major league clubs before enrolling in college without affecting their NCAA eligibility, following a vote Friday at the NCAA Convention.
A proposal that was sponsored by the Big 12 Conference as a part of the process the Power Five conferences have to autonomously adopt legislation easily passed by a vote of 75-2 with three abstentions. The rule goes into effect immediately for the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Big Ten Conference, Pacific 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference. Other Division I conferences may adopt the rule if they so choose.
High school draftees must pay the agent’s going rate and may not receive any additional benefits. If they do not sign, they must terminate their relationship with the agent before enrolling in college.
Too late for Andrew Oliver.
Posted: January 15, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
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