2017 Draft

The Draft Bonus Pools Lead to a College Heavy Approach, But Still Room For Prep Players

The Draft Bonus Pools Lead to a College Heavy Approach, But Still Room For Prep Players

The Pirates wrapped up their 2017 draft today, making their final 30 selections in rounds 11-40. The picks on day three were very college-heavy, with 21 of the 30 picks coming from the college ranks, while only six players came from JuCo, and three were prep players.

This has been a trend with the current system, ever since the change in 2012. Teams can only spend so much after the tenth round before the dollars count against their overall bonus pool -- the current cap is $125,000.  So they draft college players who are easier to sign, rather than wasting picks on high school players who are more likely to go to college than take a post-10th round bonus.

"It's the new system," Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington said. "You'll see some high school players sprinkled in here and th...

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