Is there a way for high school draftees to gain greater leverage?
College baseball’s month in the consciousness of the professionally tilted baseball fan began with UCLA’s win in the College World Series Tuesday and will end with your favorite team’s draft picks using the system as leverage to get what they want from your favorite team. It will also end, like every month in the NCAA, without any real resolution on paying players despite the discussion being loud as ever this year.
“Why shouldn’t players be paid?” is the question often asked. Athletic departments make millions of dollars from those players’ activities, and on the free market, the services of the best athletes in the highest-revenue sports would go for hundreds of thousands, if not more in exceptional cases.
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The Road to Omaha has officially begun with the unveiling of the PG Top 25 rankings.
On December 5, 2012, Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game announced a partnership to help promote and cover the game at both the amateur and professional levels. As a result of this partnership, Baseball Prospectus subscribers will now get the opportunity to read some of the great premium content being published by Perfect Game for its members. Today, courtesy of Perfect Game, we bring you this special report by Kendall Rogers.
The Road to Omaha has officially begun with the unveiling of the PG Top 25 rankings.
Perfect Game's Allan Simpson provides his top 100 draft prospects.
On December 5, 2012, Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game announced a partnership to help promote and cover the game at both the amateur and professional levels. As a result of this partnership, Baseball Prospectus subscribers will now get the opportunity to read some of the great premium content being published by Perfect Game for its members.
Manaea, College Pitching Still at Forefront on Eve of Season
Which right-handed college arms do you need to know about before next year's amateur draft?
Today’s installment of Scouting the Draft looks at five collegiate right-handers with the chance to come off the board in the early rounds next June. As a reminder, the goal of this series is not to cover every name worth knowing for next June; we have plenty of time to bring you full reports on the top draft-eligible players for 2013 over the next seven months. This is meant to serve as an introduction to the draft class for those who have not yet begun to follow the action and to pool in one place a rundown of some of the top performances in the months leading up to the draft before we start parsing the class in more detail.
Do pitchers get worse at the plate the more time they spend in the minor leagues?
One of the most-used arguments in favor of extending the DH rule to the National League is that the sight of a pitcher flailing about with a bat in his hands every two or three innings isn’t anyone’s idea of competition at the highest levels. This argument can be countered in several ways.
One could be the following: pitchers aren’t much worse at hitting than some oversized sluggers are at circling the bases (notice how I avoided using the word “running”). So why not make baseball a bit more like football? You could have a defensive unit and an offensive one, plus the special teams (the runners). That way, we would always see the best performers in each aspect of the game.
Its players are a long way away from the majors, but that hasn't stopped an upstart league on the fringes of organized baseball from recruiting a new generation of boys of summer.
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What are the implications of allowing teams to trade draft picks?
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Giving teams the ability to trade draft picks remains a much-discussed measure, so let's revisit Gary's take, which originally ran as a "6-4-3" column on March 14, 2003.
Kevin's official Mock Draft will come Monday, but here is the ashcan version, complete with raw notes so you can see how the pieces come together.
What you see below is my current mock draft. Instead of big write-ups, which I’m saving for my final mock draft on Monday, these are the notes from calls and texts in my latest mock worksheet with source names removed. I hope it's a fun look at how the sausage is made.
College baseball sees far fewer recruiting and compliance violations because of Major League Baseballís sensibleóand justódraft rules.
The NCAA’s hammer of sweet, sweet justice will soon fall in towns that cloak themselves in respectability and ‘honor,’ or, more likely, delusion. While Miami, Southern California, Georgia, and any institution John Calipari touches (though even his shenanigans aren’t as impressive as Kentucky’s 1989 probation for an assistant coach sending 20 $50 bills to a prospect), each experienced significant NCAA sanctions over the past quarter century. Connecticut, North Carolina and Harvard are new to the party—or, more aptly, hangover. These violations stem not from greed or a lack of character, but instead the draft and recruitment process established by the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NCAA.
When comparing the incentive structures for basketball or football players to break the rules to those for baseball players, the primary difference is the option a baseball player has to opt out of college and the significant costs of attending a university. A player may enter the Major League Baseball draft at a few points—immediately before college, after each year of junior college, or after his junior year at a four-year university. Moreover, he knows his value before he signs, thereby making the ‘bribe’ boosters or a college coach must offer explicit. In addition, his personal cost of attending college is up to three years of lost MLB revenue, thereby dramatically increasing the personal cost of taking a bribe or cheating prior to coming to campus or during his freshman season. Unlike in the cases of O.J. Mayo or the fine young men at Memphis, a baseball player can’t take the monetary spoils potentially offered during his first year and then immediately bolt to the draft if he attends a four-year. The option to forego college raises the explicit cost of attendance, while the three-year requirement forces the player to stay on their best behavior or be sent into a Maurice Clarett-esque no-man’s land.
BP's in-house guru takes his shot at projecting how team's top picks go next week.
1. Washington Nationals: This is now a no-brainer. Over the course of the spring, we've slowly gone from "Will they take Harper?" to "Will they sign Haper?" to "How much will they pay Harper?" He's going No. 1, and you could even end up seeing a creative deal that, on paper, gets him more than Stephen Strasburg received.
One expert's educated guesstimate on how things will go down later today.
This one could be a mess folks, and it's all about bonus demands at this point. Right now, you have as many as four high school pitchers-Jacob Turner, Tyler Matzek, Matt Purke, and Shelby Miller-looking for big, big money, with the first three all telling teams they're looking for Rick Porcello-level deals (or more). This has the potential to blow the first round wide open, and turn it into into a very college-oriented first 30 picks, with numerous top talents falling to later picks than initially expected. One team picking in the top ten I spoke to this morning said he still had very little idea of who was going to be picked ahead of his club's choice.
Three weeks out, a stab at figuring out who goes in the first round after the Nationals take Stephen Strasburg.
Doing a mock draft nearly three weeks before the real thing is an exercise that combines gathering intelligence with making a lot of dart throws-especially in this draft, where clarity ends after the first pick. Here are reactions from various agents, scouts, scouting directors, and front office officials when I contacted them in reference to this article.