Yesterday at midnight was the deadline for players picked in the 2011 MLB draft to be signed and enter professional ball. In case you missed it, I had a post up yesterday with some small updates on some MWC players along with a few short paragraphs on some already signed Mountain West players (the post can be found here). Today I'll try and keep it short and just hit on the bigger news following the signing deadline.
- Another TCU recruit Kyle Crick signed with the Giants a month or so before the deadline, and given his position in the draft (supplemental 1st round) he very well may have been TCU's top pitching recruit.
- SDSU lost a guy who was possibly their top recruit in Phillips Evans, a 15th round selection by the Mets. Evans signed for $650,000, which is late 2nd/early 3rd type money, so the Mets valued him enough to pay him like a second round pick.
- Both the 1st and second rounds in this years MLB draft broke the previous records for total amount of bonuses given in each round (and as far as I know, the same thing happened last year). During the talks for the next CBA the league is going to be discussing some changes to the draft structure. The MLB fron office has worked in recent years to keep signing bonuses down, to not much avail. Some have supported a hard slotting system, but I am pretty firmly against it. The money being given in the draft is what it is, and I wouldn't change much about the bonus structure if it were up to me. The one change I would like to see is the signing deadline moved to about a month earlier, because 2 months after the draft is way too long. Regardless of my and others opinions though, the draft may look very different in coming years.
Source for bonus amounts: Perfectgame.com's draft database