Note, each site raves about this kid's "stuff" but why on earth did he fall to #28? SIGNABILITY. What's that, you ask? (OK, I know you know but I had say that) It means he's being represented by Boras and is demanding a signing bonus/pro contract worthy of someone being drafted in the top few picks. It's also another example how badly flawed the draft process is for MLB. Now, as a fan of a team who routinely drafts 1) at the bottom of the round and 2) has no problem paying over "slot", I'm uncomfortably happy. But, that doesn't diminish the fact that the draft needs a few changes.
There's a whole lot more to the draft that I don't know about, but here are a few simple ideas that I think MLB needs to at least consider:
- Enable the trading of draft picks
- Enforce slotting recommendations or eliminate them
Include foreign players (Central, South America; Caribbean)
UPDATE #1: Smart reader themarksmith noted that international labor laws prohibit drafting of players, so that's the reason for the strikethough. See, I told ya I didn't know everything about the draft rules. As I learn more (if you have any insight/expertise here, please let me know), I'll post it!
UPDATE #2: The excellent Keith Law has his draft review on ESPN, and here is a piece of his "Best Pick" section. Sorta proves my thought that it doesn't "take a rocket scientist to draft" the best player available regardless of signability concerns. Of note:
Two other picks worthy of praise are the Yankees' and Red Sox's selections: Gerrit Cole and Casey Kelly, respectively. The praise should be tempered by the recognition that those teams' risk tolerances are higher, so they were more willing to meet those players' anticipated bonus demands than clubs earlier in the round were.