Re: Who is the Indians pitcher that used to be a top prospect w/ the Reds?
The rules have changed, too. No longer would failure to sign a first rounder be a disaster - now you get a 1A pick to make up for it. I could see a team in a poor draft year punting a top pick now and getting to make it up the next draft in a better year. Or like the Reds in Sowers year, punting to save money one year planning to make it up the next year. You lose a year of development at most and if the guy is a late signee like Hildenbrandt then you actually wouldn't necessarily be out even the development time.