Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, May 12, 2020 -- "The Short Draft"

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"Baseball, though, isn’t going to suffer for drafting five rounds in one season. The medium- and long-term effects on the talent base will be negligible. The players you care about the most emerge from the international market and the first round, and then the four rounds that follow. The players the game won’t draft this year will find their way into the system over the next few years. We’ll never know the difference."