rib217 wrote:if a kid graduates at age 18 from high school and spends four years in College then he would be around 22 at the end of his senior year. At least over the last few years i have seen a ton of rookies all in that age group.
If you still gave each team one AAA club they could then develop their fresh college batch of kids; obviously some rules would need to be in place but i just don't see a huge college baseball following or a big minor league following
the nfl and nba drafts are like what 5 rounds or less. The Mlb draft is like 50 rounds or something, just tons of players being drafted, a giant mess of guys and they have to fish out the talent. why not let 4 years of college do that and then take them in your AAA team
Maybe because there are 100 towns, cities and rural areas that support minor league franchises. last year more then 40 million people attended Minor league baseball games. These are money making enterprises for the most part.
Why wouldnt baseball teams want to have a minor league pool of 150ish players to choose from when trying to see who hits or misses. Baseball sees a top prospect failure rate FAR higher then in other sports (Except hockey), so you need to keep a much deeper pool in which to find players. Football may see 1/3 of a first round never amount to anything, baseball could be as high as 80% (and that includes college players).
Lets look at the 2000 draft, since thats long enough to make a call on all the players (they would be 28-29). Here are the college players taken in the first round (and their overall pick)
2. Adam Johnson, RHP, CLE
5. Justin Wayne, RHP, Expos
12. Joe Borchard, OF, CHW
14. Beau Hale, RHP, Orioles
15. Chase Utley, 2B, Phils
16. Billy Traber LHP, Mets
17. Ben Diggins, RHP, Dodgers
20. Chris Bootcheck, RHP, Angels
22. Phil Dumatrait, LHP, Boston
24. Blake Williams, RHP, Cards
27. Robert Steihl, RHP, Astros
29. Dave Parrish, C, Yankees
So, out of 12 college players taken in the first round a total of 1 (Utley)has had ANY value at the ML level (Though obviously hes turned into an elite player). Billy Traber would be the 2nd best player on that list and hes got a 5 something career ERA.
Also, what about the foreign players. Very few of them could get in to an American University.
In addition, there IS an established trend for basketball players to go to europe/one year of college rather then waiting, and the NBA has worked to develop the D league as an alternative to college. The only reason football hasnt done the same is that the physical maturity of an 18-21 year old player couldnt compete with a 25 year old in a minor league football setting, and the injury risk is too high.