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  1. Milwaukee’s draft needed a first rounder as you said, but it seems like they needed a couple more players on top of that as well. I think their final draft spending came in around $2 million. Teams like Washington and Pittsburgh were up over $3 million before they signed their first two picks. Even if they did have their first rounder signed it would seem a bit underwhelming. Take a few chances later in the draft.

    Comment by Bill — August 18, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

  2. Does anybody have any statistics on the percentage of players taken in each draft to reach the major leagues? Meaning, taking 2006 as an example, what percentage of the players taken in that year’s draft are currently major leaguers?

    Comment by Adam — August 18, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  3. According to Baseball Reference, as of yesterday, exactly 100 of the 1502 players drafted in 2006 have made it to the Show. Obviously, not all are currently in the majors. (Incidentally, anybody want to take a guess, without looking at B-R, which team has seen the largest number of its draftees from that year play in the majors, whether with the drafting team or someone else? The answer may surprise you.)

    2006 is so recent, however, that many players who will eventually get into at least one MLB game have not done so yet. I looked at percentages from 1997 to 2001 (arguably the most recent year for which we can be pretty sure that nearly all draftees who will reach the majors at all have already done it) and found that on average, teams see roughly 6 of their draftees per year eventually play in the majors. Sorry, my research was incomplete, so I don’t have exact statistics, but the variance from team to team was not as large as the variance for 2006 so far. Six successes, for a working efficiency of 12%, seems to be a ball-park number, so to speak, that can be used for comparisons.

    Comment by Bad Bill — August 18, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

  4. Thank you very much for that research, that was extremely helpful!

    Comment by Adam — August 18, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

  5. The Reds were able to sign all of their first 15 picks.

    Comment by GregD — August 20, 2010 @ 7:47 am

  6. Daniel Bibona isn’t in a short-season league, he’s at Quad Cities, which is low-A. This makes him a bit less old for the level, and he’s doing well there. The Cardinals must see something in him; this is the second year they drafted him (16th round in 2009).

    Comment by Bad Bill — August 20, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

  7. Some of Mike Kvasnicka’s struggles were probably the product of some minor injuries he suffered this summer – a thumb injury really bothered him in late June/early July, and he injured his wrist last week as the runner in a home plate collision.

    Comment by Kevin — August 20, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

  8. Incidentally, the answer to the question I posed: St. Louis, with 8 2006 draftees who have reached the Show. Possibly even more surprising, the two teams tied for second, with 7, are … Yankees and Red Sox.

    Comment by Bad Bill — August 22, 2010 @ 12:06 am

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