There has been a significant change to the Amateur draft in the new Collective Bargaining agreement in MLB. It sets a uniform signing day instead of the former rule of the first day of college classes for the high school draft picks. It also sets up stronger compensation rules for the unsigned draft picks. If a team does not sign there first round pick they will receive that same pick the next year but one pick later in the round. This will affect the signing bonuses of the upcoming draftees. It is very complicated and can be read in further in the Baseball America Article here.
Daniel Bard has officially signed with the Boston Red Sox. He took some time to decide on whether to come to the Sox or go back to school but was persuaded to join the Red Sox. He is a very good pitcher who is very lanky and has a 95 MPH fastball. He should be up in the majors within 3 years.
Full article from the Red Sox available here.
Andrew Miller has been called up by the Detroit Tigers after pitching a total of five innings in professional baseball. In those five innings, Miller struck out nine batters. It was debatable if Miller was going to be a September call-up for the Tigers but he is now on the roster before the September. This is a huge accomplishment for College Baseball and should give the College Baseball World some more notoriety.
Full article from the AP can be seen here.
The Gainesville Sun is reporting Matt LaPorta will be returning for his Senior year as he was not able to work out a deal with the Boston Red Sox who drafted him in the 14th round of this past year’s draft. LaPorta’s stock dropped dramatically this past season with only a .259 batting average after a super sophomore year when he was among the best players in the country. This is a huge story to see LaPorta return to the Gators lineup as they try to make the NCAA’s in the upcoming season.
Article can be seen here.