Top 100 Prospects Drafted With Compensation Picks

Every offseason, high draft picks change hands as players move between teams as free agents. Players such as Adam Wainwright, David Wright, Nick Swisher, Joe Blanton, Adam Jones, Gio Gonzalez, and Huston Street were drafted with picks originally acquired through free agent compensation.

Let's look through Baseball America's recently released list of the top 100 prospects in baseball and see which of the game's top young players were drafted with picks acquired for losing a free agent…

That's 11 of the game's 100 best prospects coming from compensation picks, including two of the top 20. A total of nine first and second round picks changed hands this year, and 26 supplmental first round picks were created. It's very possible the free agent compensation will be overhauled (or scrapped all together) when the next Collective Bargain Agreement is put into action, and although the players will get drafted anyway, the clubs losing top players could end up empty handed in the future. 

Baseball-Reference.com's draft tool was used in for this post.


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