2006 Draft Order
Finalized draft order for the 2006 draft.
Finalized draft order for the 2006 draft.
The college draft crop offers several pitching options, though none have done enough yet to wow Royals scouting director Deric Ladnier, whose club holds the No. 1 overall pick.
The NCAA finally has passed legislation that will usher in a national start date, making scouting director's jobs just a little easier.
The first month of the 2006 college season only served to reaffirm what scouting directors already knew—that this year's draft will be dominated by college pitching.
Washington coach Ken Knutson has heard what scouts think about his ace, Tim Lincecum. The 6-footer, whose listed weight is 165 pounds, is too small. His delivery, likened by some to a pinwheel, requires too much effort. His control—he walked 153 in his first 217 collegiate innings—is too scattershot.
The life of a major league scouting director is never boring, but check in with one 75 days before the draft, when things are really spinning, and there's no telling what state he'll be in—that's state of mind or of the country. At least a dozen of the most significant talent evaluators in baseball tried to clear their minds and schedules for the third weekend in March, when all three of the Atlantic Coast Conference schools in North Carolina's Research Triangle played host to conference opponents.
An early look at the High School Top 100 prospects.
An early look at the college players with the best tools in the 2005 draft.
According to scouting directors, the 2005 draft class doesn't need a boost from Townsend's presence. By all accounts, it's a deep class that scouts are looking forward to sifting through, even if they aren't looking forward to paying the players at the top the multimillion-dollar, major league contracts that Justin Verlander, Humber and Niemann received as the second, third and fourth selections in 2004.
For seniors hopeful of being drafted in June, the months leading up to their final high school season can crawl by agonizingly slow. But few in this year's class have awaited Opening Day as eagerly as Cody Johnson. Though Johnson, a laid-back, unassuming 6-foot-5 slugger from the Florida panhandle, rarely feels restless, the start of his senior season represents a fresh start and it couldn't come a moment too soon.
Breakdown of the best tools among the high school class of 2006.
Here's how Baseball America's Allan Simpson sees the nation's top 25 junior college prospects for the 2006 draft. For players that were drafted in 2005 and remain under control, the team that drafted them (and the round) is noted. Such players will be eligible to sign after their 2006 season is complete until the closed period—a week before the draft. They will re-enter this year's draft if they don't sign.
An early look at the top 100 college prospects for the 2006 draft.
A breakdown of the best tools among collge players heading into the 2006 MLB draft.
Baseball America's Allan Simpson takes a sneak peak at the top prospects in next year's college and high school draft classes.
Previewing the class of 2006.
Here's Baseball America's early take on the top 25 players in this year's college draft class, and how the same players stacked up when last eligible for the draft out of high school.
There are no Delmon Youngs or Justin Uptons in this year's high school class. There are also few marquee high school selections from three years ago who went unsigned then and might have resurfaced to beef up this year's college crop. As a result, the 2006 draft is shaping up with few potential headline players, one in which the high-end talent has been more difficult to identify or quantify than in most years.
Signing bonuses have grown exponentially since 1965, when the draft was instituted ostensibly to . . . curtail the growth of signing bonuses. From a first-round average of less than $50,000 in the first several years of the draft, the average bonus grew to more than $2 million a few years ago before leveling off and actually declining. Following is a year-by-year breakdown of average first-round signing bonuses, the annual percentage change, the first overall pick in the June regular phase and his bonus, and the player who received the largest bonus (if other from the No. 1 pick), as compiled by BA founding editor Allan Simpson. The signing bonus average for first-round picks from 1965-82 includes the value of college scholarship plans and incentive bonus plans, in addition to the cash bonus paid. From 1983-2004, the amount represents only the cash bonus paid.
History of signing bonus records over the years.