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Are You Ready For Some #MLBDraft?

I have been waiting for today for a very long time.  The beginning of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft is just hours away (it kicks off at 6 p.m. EST on MLB Network and and will last well into Thursday, until the final pick of the 50th round.

It is easy to laugh about the fact that there are 50 rounds in baseball when there are only 2 rounds in basketball, but believe it or not, many players taken past the 40th round have made it to the stage.  In fact, a few of Dynasty‘s clients were taken after the 40th round, or not even selected at all, and are currently making their way up their respective organizations (Pete Parise, Dan Leatherman, Kyle Gunderson…).  That being said, it is preferable to be a top pick of the organization you play for.  You get instant gratification with a large signing bonus (those players are commonly refered to as “bonus babies”) and your club feels “pot committed” to you (meaning they already have an investment in you and want to see you make it up the ranks).  If they spent poorly on signing you, it’s their jobs at risk as well.

Today’s picks will get the instant gratification.  They have been well covered by the Keith Law’s and Jonathan Mayo’s for a long time now.  But just because they are a first or second round pick does not mean they are necessarily destined for greatness.

Dynasty’s main focus will be on Wednesday.  We have some underclassmen that we are advising and hope to see get selected early in the day.  The draft will resume on Wednesday at 12 p.m. EST.  Dynasty is also helping out some college seniors who had remarkable seasons, but lack that underclassmen/high school leverage.  We still love these kids because we see them having deep careers full of future success.

Today, all of us at Dynasty will take it easy.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we will be tracking the draft from start to finish.  It could possibly be the most draining days of the year for all of Dynasty’s Baseball Operations staff and interns.  And many of the players waiting to see their names flash on the computer screen will also be sweating with anticipation (G-d forbid your internet goes out).  Others will be on the diamond playing with a Summer League team, and some will be out on a boat fishing with friends.

We are always excited with new technologies and will be following not only the live picks, but also the Twitter feeds of MLB analysts and some players who will be drafted today or tomorrow.  Can you guess which player on the list is being advised by Dynasty?  All MLB Draft related tweets will have an #mlbdraft hashtag attached.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

7 replies on “Are You Ready For Some #MLBDraft?”

Good luck with your clients over the next couple days Dynasty!
I gotta give a shout out to my boys form Kennesaw State University Chad Jenkins and Kyle Heckathorn who both were taken in the top 50 picks. Jenkins 20th to the Blue Jays and Heckathorn 47th to the Brewers.

Daren did any of your guys get drafted? Even if you cant give names yet I'd appreciate a head count

We had more than three guys get drafted. I understand it is a shady answer and not exactly what you were looking for. Anyway, a few will most likely head back to college and some will sign. Sorry about my lack of info at this point-in-time. I won’t be revealing everything until after the August 17 deadline.

I know that signing bonuses fall off the significantly from being a junior to a senior in the MLB draft, because they don’t have an option of going back to school. What happens to signing bonuses if the kid just finished his red-shirt junior year athletically but graduated? Will he get the normal junior-type bonus or will teams decrease the bonus offer knowing that he already finished up school?

It’s all about leverage. If the kid can and realistically may continue to play somewhere other than with the team that selected him, he has something to hold against that team. That often drives prices up.

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