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MLB Draft Database: 1998-2010

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Let me please start by saying that I believe this to be the only full database of it’s kind in existence that is accessible in one location by the public. This piece is also protected and can not be shared nor used in any other manner without permission or accreditation. Please feel free to browse and use it to enhance your knowledge of the draft, your GM/Scouting Director/Team’s trending tendencies and habits.  Does scouting director for team X seem to prefer HS pitchers from Texas? Does team Y mainly go with polished college bats? There is a world of opportunity for analysis with this database. If you aren’t into highly analytical baseball projections and trending, then at least the piece will allow you to take a look back at how your favorite team has drafted through the years. In many cases, the draft is essential to sustained winning. True, some teams are able to spend more freely, but even they need some semblance of success in the draft process in order to maintain a winning tradition. Obviously the draft isn’t the only piece of the puzzle, but it is a big piece. Teams are starting to realize that more and more and allocating more resources to the scouting and selection process. It’s not a quick transition, but ballclubs are starting to finally come around to the fact that investing in the draft is much more cost-effective in the long term than signing free agents. The two processes aren’t mutually exclusive, but much like R&D of a company, a team has to be willing to take a strategic risk in order to either re-invent itself or continue it’s period of excellence.

The MLB drafting system isn’t without it’s flaws, but that’s not the point of this piece. The point is to increase visibility of the draft and it’s past to a nation of baseball fans. Even though it may not seem like it, this living document is the product of a sizable amount of man-hours. For one, MLB isn’t keen on releasing their slot values, but the ones listed are the best estimates based on analysis as well as information that could be gleamed from trends and what is available. Another reason is that, to my knowledge, and I’ve asked around quite a bit, nothing like this has existed to this point. It’s not perfect in one regard, the columns “High Level,” “MLB Years,” and “Years to MLB” could use an  update… but as you can imagine, that requires a very large block of time that unfortunately I haven’t found myself with in a while. That said, the document is living, meaning that it will be updated on the fly and provide the most current data possible. Also worth noting that this database covers the first 3 rounds and the corresponding supplemental rounds. That does not discount the value of players taken after that point, but statistically speaking, most of the superstars are taken in that period. Yes, there are many exceptions to that fact, either because of signability issues or otherwise, but for the sake of trending (and my sanity), 3 rounds was the cutoff for me.

I hope that you enjoy it and it adds a little something to your baseball knowledge. Again, please let me reiterate that this database is copywritten and cannot be used  or transplanted to any other location without permission. If you are interested in using any part of it, please feel free to contact me at: jmarlo@sidepoints.com

 

 

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