MLB: The Inner Workings of the MLB Draft
The MLB Draft is much different from the NBA, NFL and NHL Drafts. If you look other than hockey a player gets drafted and he could end up in the minor leagues to develop. Players can be drafted out of high school. For these kids, it makes so exciting to wait to hear their name. The MLB Draft is currently going on and these picks could set their new team on the right path. Here are some of the inner working of how the draft works.
One of the workings is that the MLB Draft has a first-year player rule. For high school players to be eligible they must finish high school and not going to college or junior college. In some cases, these players have made it right to the majors. With their age, it gives them time to mature in the minor leagues. This is an effective way that makes baseball different from all the others.
For college players that attend a four-year college, they must be junior or senior to be eligible. That means that underclassmen can’t be drafted. So, a player will have to at least play three years in college before they can go on to the majors. That means that a player has two years to develop and they can focus on making to the majors in their junior year. Just like high school players it so exciting to hear your name.
Similar to the NFL, there are also compensatory picks between round 1 and 2. This also occurs between rounds 3 and 4.
Being dropped down is something that also occurs. It happened in the first round to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox were over the tax threshold. They drop down 10 spots to pick 43. This is what makes the MLB Draft so different.
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