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Tuesday, June 05, 2012
We knew the new draft rules would create some unexpected twists, and the second day of the draft did not disappoint.
The draft rules set up in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement were designed to hold down signing bonuses and get teams to line up their draft boards based more on talent and less on a player’s signability.
On Monday night, that ideal held true. Players were largely picked based on where teams saw them on their draft boards. And while Stanford righthander Mark Appel’s slide added drama, the draft didn’t see a Jacob Turner, Josh Bell or Nick Castellanos-like slide, where a premium talent fell a long way to a team willing to meet his significant asking price. The draft board largely lined up based on talent.
That wasn’t true on Tuesday as the draft wore on, however. It became clear that for many teams, the second half of the top 10 rounds was less about best player available and much more about the best player willing to accept a small bonus.
MLB has come up with a system almost guaranteed to funnel LESS top talent into their ranks.
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