The 2017 First Year Player Draft is here, and promises to be well-stocked for both pitchers and position players, at least for the first few rounds of choices. Continue reading “Draft Day: 2017 First Year Draft Well-Stocked”
We go through the top OSA-ranked amateur draft prospects from high school and college leagues by their positions.
The Draft Pool has been approved and posted, and for the first time ever, will include non-amateurs from the independent Bull Oceanic League, as well as the top college and high school players.
There are over 2,000 eligible players in this year’s draft, although only abut 600 will be selected over the course of the 2017 First Year Player Draft. Continue reading “2017 Draft Pool Revealed”
The first year amateur player draft pool will be announced on May 1, just two weeks from today. While the players who will eventually be in that pool are still playing out their college and high school seasons, the teams who will be making those draft picks on June 17 are making preparations for the big day.
Due to the Bull League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players’ association, which allows for draft pick trading and for compensation picks for losses of Type A and Type B players to free agency, the 2017 draft will look unique and may prove challenging for some teams trying to improve their competitiveness.
With the Nor-Am High School regular season wrapped up and the postseason underway, it’s a good time to look at the top draft-eligible batters and pitchers before the Draft Pool is announced on May 1.
High school players are often overvalued in a draft, because they have often put up great stats but are still young and inexperienced, and haven’t proven themselves over the longer pro baseball seasons. The high school season is only 42 games long — just long enough to start showing what they’re capable of, but not enough to really nail down their stamina and drive.
The Pacific Rim College league, and the North American (Nor-Am) High School League, both get underway today, bringing all three new “feeder” leagues into action for the first time.
Up until now, each year’s First Year Player Draft has been supplied by players from around the various amateur and college leagues. But as of this season, three leagues have been formed specifically to provide those players to the Bull League. Continue reading “Pacific Colleges, High School Leagues Start Today”