The draft pick signing period concluded today at 5:00 PM. In previous years, we'd be finding out about who would be signing right around the time I'm writing this article (midnight). We also wouldn't get the final results until a month from now. Moving the draft deadline up, and setting the time earlier in the day were two big positives. But the rest of the changes were a big negative.

I talked about the draft earlier today and what led to Mark Appel's decision to return to Stanford. There was really nothing the Pirates could have done. They offered Appel $3.8 M, which was the most they could offer without losing their first round pick next year. He turned that down, which left them with no choice other than turning to other picks.

I thought I would look at how this year's draft would ha...

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