What are the guidelines for declaring for the MLB Draft?

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It appears that you don't have to declare your intentions to enter the draft. There are certain stipulations in regards to eligibility, though. For example, you can be drafted when you graduate high-school, but if you enter a four-year college, you won't be eligible until your junior year (or any year if you attend a two-year university or are 21+)(1). Manziel was a redshirt-sophomore, meaning that he would have been a junior, academically, and therefore was eligible for the draft.

As to what the rational would be for drafting players that are more than likely not to sign: It's probably for publicity as no 837th pick has every played in an MLB game. The Padres GM was quoted as saying, "It was kind of, 'Why...

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It generally depends on what the rule is and how urgent it is to enforce. Generally, someone brings up the idea (whether it's the players, owners, or coaches). It is then discussed by a committee of owners. Once approved by them, it goes to baseball's playing rules committee for approval, which is made up of different execs. From there it can be put into effect, although some have to then be run by the MLB Players Association (the players union) for approval. It generally depends on the nature of the rule and who it will effect, though.

For an example, look here. That will give you a small sample of what happened this year when they tried to change the strike...

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In baseball, a player may declare for the draft as an underclassman, decline to sign, and be drafted again his senior year. This is a process known as "redrafting." Aggressive agents like Scott Boras use the redrafting process to maximize the signing bonuses of their clients.

In 2012, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel was near top of the amateur rankings at the end of his junior year, but was not drafted early because of concerns about his "signability" if he was anything other than the number one choice. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the eighth overall pick but declined to sign, thereby vindicating his doubters. In 2013, he was drafted at the end of his senior year by the Houston Astros with the first overall pick, and a maximum signing...

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Tomorrow kicks off a process by which more than 1,000 amateur baseball players from across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico will be allocated to the 30 major league franchises. Far from the monthslong media circuses that promise immediate franchise saviors in the other three major American sports, MLB’s draft flies under the radar. While college football and basketball players are already national...

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With High School playoffs coming to a close, and the College

World Series

at its climax, one has to wonder what happened to the true amatuer baseball superstars. The 2005 Major League Baseball first year player draft was indeed a disappointment. You don’t have to look any farther than Major League Baseball’s official website to see that there is a rapid decline in talent in the amatuer ranks. Right there on

www.mlb.com

, they have downloadable videos of most of the top talent in this year’s draft, starting with the first overall pick Justin Upton. Referred to by scout’s as a future “five-tool” player, he resembles nothing more than an average high school shortstop when you watch his video. As he flubs multiple ground balls, one can only wonder “Why are they showing this?” When

Alex Rodriguez

was the first overall pick in the 1993 draft, you knew he was something special, when Barry Bonds and

Roger Clemens

were drafted, you knew the same thing. With the...

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You would think an institution like the MLB draft would be simple to understand at this point, given it has existed for decades. Thanks to constant rule changes -- the 2013 draft is the third in three years with new wrinkles -- and the fact it isn't structured at all like the drafts of other major sports, though, baseball's draft takes some explanation. Consider this guide a starter kit that doubles as a refresher course.

The Basics

Every team begins with a first-round draft pick, meaning there are 30 in all. Clubs select in reverse order of record, so, last year's 107-loss Astros get to go first in the 2013 draft. When we say "begins" with a first-round draft pick, what we mean is that everyone is scheduled to have just the one, until their own actions cost or gain them additional selections in the first round.

A team can gain additional first-round picks in two ways. Let's take an example from this off-season. The Yankees offered departing free agent Nick...

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With three picks in the first round, the San Diego Padres had an opportunity to make out like bandits on Thursday.

Instead, the Friars pulled the trigger on a couple of high-risk head-scratchers.

First, San Diego selected right-hander Cal Quantrill, son of former major leaguer Paul Quantrill, with the No. 8 pick.

Quantrill has the talent to be special, but he missed most of his sophomore year and his entire junior season at Stanford after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Padres followed that roll of the dice with a significant reach, taking shortstop Hudson Sanchez out of Texas' Carroll High School at No. 24.

MLB.com (No. 91) and Baseball America (No. 108) didn't see Sanchez sniffing the first round. And MLB.com's scouting report suggested "he lacks the quickness to be a middle infielder in the big leagues," meaning he may need to boost his power profile to slot into one of the corner-infield spots.

San Diego did better with its...

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