Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
I like it. It allows cheap clubs like the Royals to gain more through the draft without shelling out crazy signing bonuses to unproven kids.
It also allows cheap clubs to re-draft prospects who refused to sign with them the previous year. For instance, some stud HS outfielder gets drafted by a team with the #7 pick, but refuses to sign. The next year, the team gets its regular pick (#10 for the sake of argument) plus the #8 pick as compensation. So they draft the same HS outfielder again (with the #10 pick this time, not with their compensation pick) and tell him he can either sign or go earn $15K playing in the Independent League for a second straight year. No skin off their backs, because they still have a first-round pick and they'll get the #11 pick as compensation next year. Nice.
Good find, Johnny. I was just about to type...no they wouldn't get a compensation pick the 2nd year, but I see what you're saying...don't use the comp pick to draft him again, use your regular 1st round pick and then you will get compensation for that the next year.
Why wouldn't all teams do this? Why wouldn't you punt your 1st round pick this year and get 2 next year. Even if you do it in the 2nd round this year. Draft one solid player and one total reach pick with the other first rounder. Worst case, you've got two picks every year. Best case you've got two studs to add to your farm system and only 1 pick the next year...