As I’ve been keeping up with this year’s Major League Baseball Draft, I’ve noticed the need teams have for pitchers.
Out of the 314 players picked in the first 10 rounds of the draft, 168 are pitchers. That’s right, 53.4 percent of the players picked thus far are the guys preventing the runs instead of scoring them. Everybody wants top line starters and relievers. In today’s game you don’t just have a starter and a closer. You have the starter, the long relief man, the pitcher that comes in to face just right-handers, the guy that comes in to face just left-handers, the set up man and then the closer. The total approximate pick value for those 168 pitchers is $114,076,500. That’s a lot of money in projected signing bonuses. The draft will conclude today.