One of the big proponents of draft change, dating back to when he was GM of the Jays, is Milwaukee Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash, who lists three prime areas to address to salvage the draft long-term:
Reduction from 50 rounds to 25
“I can see where maybe you might want to graduate to that, cut it to 40, then to 30, then to 25,” Ash said. “I know other sports don’t have the minor-league systems that we have, but God Almighty, 50 rounds? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Draft to include internationals
“Even though the last couple of big international signings have been by smaller-market clubs, traditionally speaking we have not been available to avail ourselves of that level of talent,” Ash said. “The Brewers have focused pretty solely on the draft and have done pretty well. We don’t even look at Chapman because we can’t even go there (financially).
“Some people talk about having a parallel international draft, but then you’re creating two No. 1 overall picks and I’m not sure you want to be doing that. The side benefit (with a universal draft) to me is that some of the players that get over-drafted in the U.S. and Canada might go down a little bit.
“By and large, most of the Latin-American guys are moderately priced guys. I don’t think that’s an issue there. There’s all kinds of abuse and it’s getting worse. They are now into the point of doing DNA testing. It’s more because they just can’t prove identity and age. Even official records are available for a price and they’re starting to find that out now.”