Never will baseball's amateur draft pack even a fractional amount of the intrigue football's and basketball's do because of the delayed-gratification factor. The luckiest baseball players – not the best, but the most fortunate – bide their time for a year in the minor leagues. And the rest spend years of what amounts to letting their tannins soften.
Maybe – and a big maybe – one or two players drafted this week will arrive in the major leagues this season. And another couple next year. Baseball's development system is a long game, and the finest talents take their sweet time to arrive. Even someone as preternaturally good as Carlos Correa, the Houston Astros' new shortstop, spent nearly three full years in the minor leagues despite going No. 1 overall in 2012. While most of last year was lost to injury, Correa wasn't going to arrive in Houston even if he were healthy.
So the theme of this draft, and every draft, is patience. Stars will emerge over the next half-decade. For now, though,Read More »from Prospect Heat Check: Why baseball's draft takes so long to produce stars