For those who want to talk MLB Draft, Day 3, this thread is open for draft talk.
I also wanted to take a moment to talk about an interesting phenomenon that developed yesterday, with teams that are looking to game the new system that MLB has put in place for this year's draft.
In the first ten rounds of this year's draft, the Toronto Blue Jays selected seven college seniors. The Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Rangers each selected five college seniors, and other teams took more college seniors than usual.
Toronto, Boston, New York, and the Rangers at the top of that list particularly noteworthy, because those are all teams that have tended to spend more in the draft than usual, while college seniors are usually players that sign for nominal bonuses, since they have little leverage. So how does this make sense?
Well, it has to do with the new bonus pool rules. The Rangers, for example, have $6.567 million in their pool. The bonuses of the players they draft (and actually sign)* in the first ten rounds is applied towards that pool, as well as bonuses of more than $100,000 for players drafted after the 10th round.
* If you don't sign a player you draft in the first ten rounds, you lose that pick's pool allocation amount.