Changes in MLB Draft

May 22, 2012 -- 8:33am

   The Braves have the 21st pick of the 1st round, in the upcoming 2012 MLB Draft. The max bonus allowed for that selection will be $1.825M. The Braves have 10 picks in the first 10 rounds, with a budget of $4M set aside to sign those picks.

   Under the new CBA, MLB is now limiting the cost of signing draft picks. It's been in the works for years. Each team now has a total budget. Go over it and you get hit with a punitive tax and lost picks. Teams can spread the money among their picks in the top 10 rounds in different ways, but have to stay under the total budget.

   For example, the Astros have the #1 pick. If they sign him for the $5.2M max, they will have $2M left to sign the remaining picks. Players not drafted in the top 10 rounds don't count against the total budget.

   The #1 in this year's draft could be Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton, from Baxley. The Appling County High star is being compared to Matt Kemp and the Upton brothers, as far as his skill set goes. Quick bat. Peppers the field with line drives. Pure centerfielder. His football days have made him mentally strong. He has committed to UGA, but will probably never put on a Bulldog uniform.

   The Braves took FSU LH Sean Gilmartin, with their 1st round pick a year ago. He's dealing in AA MIssissippi right now. In 2010, the Braves took HS SS Matt Lipka. They went Mike Minor out of Vanderbilt in 2009. Wonder who they select this time around?  

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