This is the second year that the MLB draft has operated under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Pirates didn't really experience the new system last year, mostly because Mark Appel fell to them and didn't sign. This year was more of a "normal" draft under the new system, if you can say anything is normal after just two years. Because it was a more common draft under the new system, we get a chance to see how the new system would work. I wasn't a big fan of the changes, but after looking at this year's results I like the outcome. I don't know if that's just a good year for the Pirates, or if it is something that could happen year after year. Below I'll detail a few of the things I like about the new system.
Under the old system, Austin Meadows would be a month away from signing.
Signings happen much earlier
Take a look at the 2010 and the 2011 Draft Pick Signing Trackers. Notice the dates when players sign. The first round picks didn't sign until the mid-August deadl...
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