The 2012 amateur draft is less than four weeks away. The new collective bargaining agreement imposed spending restrictions with strict penalities, but the draft remains the most efficient way for clubs to acquire young talent. Here's the latest…
- "This draft is the worst crop of college position players I've seen in my 20+ years of doing this," said a big league executive to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus (on Twitter).
- Jim Callis of Baseball America published his first mock draft of the spring. He has the Astros taking Stanford RHP Mark Appel with the first pick. Four of the first five players selected in Callis' mock are college players.
- ESPN's Keith Law published an updated list of the top 100 draft prospects earlier this week, with high school outfielder Byron Buxton claiming the top spot.