No - I am not from State Farm!
Old school 1983 (05-08-2014)
It's a good year to have some extra picks. Looking at the MLB.com top 50, I wasn't that impressed with the top 30 and couldn't see a sharp line from 15-50.
The Reds are now listed as having $6,973,400 available in the draft, and $ 2,033,400 available in the International market.Amateur draft pools and international bonus pools allotted under the latest collective bargaining agreement will rise by 1.7 percent this year, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com. As Callis notes, the Marlins have the largest bonus pool due to their 13 picks in the first 10 rounds, while the Orioles, who forfeited their first- and second-round picks to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz, have the lowest total.
Amateur Draft, International Bonus Pools Rise By 1.7 Percent
By Steve Adams [April 2 at 5:02pm CST]
Amateur draft pools and international bonus pools allotted under the latest collective bargaining agreement will rise by 1.7 percent this year, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com. As Callis notes, the Marlins have the largest bonus pool due to their 13 picks in the first 10 rounds, while the Orioles, who forfeited their first- and second-round picks to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz, have the lowest total.
Callis notes that this year's No. 1 overall pick in the draft is valued at $7,922,100 -- an increase of $131,700. Below, you can look at the draft and international pools available to all 30 teams (As Callis points out, both Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales could still impact the draft pools, as their signing with new teams could create new picks/bonus money for the Red Sox and Mariners):
All bonus money directed toward a player selected in the Top 10 rounds of the draft counts against a team's bonus pool, as does any bonus money that exceeds $100K to players selected in rounds 11 through 40 (for example, a $180K bonus to a team's 11th-round pick would result in $80K being removed from its draft pool). As a reminder, the penalties for exceeding draft bonus pools are as follows:
Exceed by 0 to 5 percent: 75 percent tax on the overage.
Exceed by 5 to 10 percent: 75 percent tax on the overage plus the loss of a first-round pick in the following year's draft.
Exceed by 10 to 15 percent: 100 percent tax on the overage plus the loss of a first- and second-round pick in the following year's draft.
Exceed by more than 15 percent: 100 percent tax on the overage plus the lost of a first-round pick in the following two drafts.
April top 5 wish list for Reds includes
Alex Jackson C
Trea Turner SS
Brady Aiken LHP
Justus Sheffield LHP
and Touki Touissant RHP
Other names that interest me include Gatewood, Pentecost, Newcomb and Nola.
A Jackson and T Turner will be LONG GONE before we pick. I want Newcomb, Finnegan, Nick Burdi, Cederoth, T Forbes, Reetz and Diechmann
Last edited by Benihana; 04-08-2014 at 10:38 PM.
Updated April 7, has Turner falling to pick 15.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Going back over the last 20 drafts or so, if you're drafting a SS in the early rounds and looking for success, it's a foolish idea. That is, unless you don't mind them playing 2b, 3b, or OF in the majors. There has been one slam dunk SS success, Tulo, in the last 20 years. Baez, Corriea, and Lindor are still pending results. Believe it or not, Cozart is one of the true success stories at SS in the early rounds in baseball. Many of the other SS around the majors were drafted after the 200th pick. With this all in mind, I now don't care as much about what the Reds have tried to do with drafting college middle infielders that have some polish. Seems as good an idea as any where results are always hard to come by.
Regarding the 2014 draft, I won't care to see them push for a middle infielder in the early going. Just get the best player.
SS is so hard to predict. A potentially wasted pick. May be best to fill that position with Latin American players.
The widow is gathering nettles for her children's dinner; a perfumed seigneur, delicately lounging in the Oeil de Boeuf, hath an alchemy whereby he will extract the third nettle and call it rent. ~ Carlyle