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Thursday, August 05, 2021

BA: Too Much Of A Good Thing? Pairing MLB Draft, Futures Game Creates Sensory Overload

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But when the draft wrapped two days later, it seemed that many in the industry were saying that maybe it’s possible to have too much of a good thing, after all.

The combination of a longer prep time for the draft—compared with its traditional June date—plus the Futures Game, plus the draft itself, plus the three-week signing period leading up to the Aug. 1 deadline, plus the MLB trade deadline, left many front office executives we talked to wondering when they would next get to take a breath. As a result, they worried that maybe something would be missed along the way.

It has meant that the scouting season for the 2022 draft is being compressed and disrupted. On the Friday before the Futures Game, the High School All-American Game was played at Coors Field. Elijah Green, Termarr Johnson, Druw Jones and Nazier Mule were among the players showing what they could do in a preview of next year’s draft.

There were plenty of scouts there, but not many scouting directors. As one director noted, it was difficult to bear down on the class of 2022 until they had the 2021 class drafted and signed.

With the July draft date and Aug. 1 signing deadline this year, most of the premier summer events, including the Cape Cod League and USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, were either winding down or already done by the time the 2021 draft cycle was complete.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2021 at 04:10 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: August 05, 2021 at 04:45 PM (#6033035)
Ummm ... just how much team FO time does the Future Games use up?

I can see that the draft, signing period, trade deadline all piled up together is tiring but then they get to relax for a couple of weeks while Kris Bryant is in Iowa working on his defense.
   2. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: August 05, 2021 at 06:35 PM (#6033061)
The combination of a longer prep time for the draft—compared with its traditional June date—plus the Futures Game, plus the draft itself, plus the three-week signing period leading up to the Aug. 1 deadline, plus the MLB trade deadline, left many front office executives we talked to wondering when they would next get to take a breath.


Well, it sounds like August 2nd would be a good day for that.

There are fair concerns there but every job has things like that. I know people who work on immigration visas. April 1st (H-1B filing) is there busiest time. Basically February and March you don't ask for anything because they are locked in. I'm an accountant for a private company so it's year end for me. My friends in public accounting its tax time.

Also Walt's question is a good one. Is the Futures Game anything other than an All Star Game? Is there any serious scouting happening there?
   3. JJ1986 Posted: August 06, 2021 at 07:21 AM (#6033127)
I think the draft being too late is much more of a problem than the draft being on the same day as the game. Although this way is a pain for prospect reporters.

Does the College WS end on a weekend? I would just schedule the draft for the Monday after that with no night MLB games that day.
   4. Dolf Lucky Posted: August 06, 2021 at 09:05 AM (#6033137)
I loved having the draft before the CWS so that I could follow whatever player my favorite MLB team selected. But, per usual, MLB didn't ask my opinion.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2021 at 09:59 AM (#6033164)
I would have preferred the draft to begin the day after the ASG, when there was no baseball activity. Instead, it felt like the ASG and draft were overlapping, stealing news from each other.

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