State Report: Puerto Rico

While 2010 is not a great year for Puerto Rican talent, scouts did find plenty of interesting storylines and tools, including a son of a big leaguer as the top prospect. With talk of an international draft possibly being on the horizon, opponents of the idea often point to Puerto Rico as evidence that it would be bad for the sport in a country that becomes subject to a draft. Until 1989, Puerto Rican players signed on the open market, as players do now in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other foreign countries. The change was made in an effort to curb bonus payments to Puerto Rican players, and while it accomplished that goal, many in the game cited it as a reason for a decline in the talent Puerto Rico has produced since then.

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