SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: The draft podium is seen prior to the start of the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Before getting to how the MWC did this year, it's appropriate to mention a major change in how the draft works that was implemented this year. Part of the new collective bargaining agreement Major League Baseball agreed to this past offseason was a change in how teams are able to spend money on the draft. In years prior teams could spend as much money as they wanted with MLB having a "recommended slot amount" for each draft slot (teams weren't required to follow it). New this year is what I would call "soft-slotting" where teams have a pool they spend from to sign their picks. I'll spare the details, but before teams could select players who they thought would go to college (thus being a risky pick) later in the draft (say the 7th or 8th round) and then attempt to lure them away from the college commitment with 2nd round money (or 1st, 3rd, etc. depending on the player). Now for teams to spend that type of money on a player, they will need to select him in the upper rounds.
Its hard to say much after only being able to see the changes in action for one year (plus the college class was regarded as weak this year), but there seemed to be a clear surge in HS players taken in the top 10 or so rounds. Because high bonuses cannot be offered in the later rounds, some teams went after their HS picks early while mixing in their college picks later. As I mentioned -- it's just one year. However, the new rules could have a clear affect on whether certain draftees go to college or go pro. The new system seems like it could favor HS talent compared to college talent, at least bonus-wise.
With that, let us get to the picks. Compared to the past few years with the MWC boasting a few high-profile names (Stasburg, Cron, Purke), this year's crop is a pretty big drop off. From what I found (which might be inaccurate), the only current MWC member to have a player chosen in the top 10 rounds was TCU (C Josh Erlander in the 8th round). If we include future members, SJSU RHP Zach Jones was the highest player selected taken in the 4th round (click here for a story on Jones' selection via the SJSU athletics website). Fresno State had three players selected in the top 10 rounds, RHP Justin Haley, RHP Taylor Garrison, and RHP Cody Kendall (rounds 6, 7, and 8 respectively). TCU and Fresno tied for the most players selected with 6.
Follow after the jump for links to lists of each school's selections.
It's possible I missed someone, let me know if you see a mistake.