kab21 wrote:I think that this is more of a case that the draft should be shortened to 25-30 rds (the NFL draft was just about cut in half about 10 years ago). Does it matter if the Rockies take a nepotism pick without baseball talent (just a guess) in rd 47 or another less talented player that has a <0.1% chance of making the majors?
If they did that you're asking a team to sign every player they draft just to have a full rookie team. And less talented? Tell that to the gold glove winning second baseman Orlando Hudson. The first pick in that draft isn't even in baseball anymore.
There are still undrafted FA's to fill out rookie leagues (and the intl market and other slower developing players) which would be in a little bit more demand with a shorter draft. Despite Orlando Hudson it's rare for most (nearly all) of the very late round picks to make the MLB (much less AA or AAA).
The fact is that the end of the draft ends up being a joke where teams have draft picks to burn and make various nepotism picks. If the only purpose is to fill out a rookie league roster then there is no point. Guys like Hudson would still have been signed as an UDFA or ended up in JUCO/college and developed from there.