First let me preface that I'm glad the Giants got him and the Dodgers didn't, but the system stinks to high heaven.
If I'm Jalen Miller, the Giants 3rd rounder, who was a higher regarded high-school SS prospect who didn't have the benefit of some foreign country background in his past where he could dosie-do out of the June draft and into the International Draft, I am pissed off today.
This signing is everything that was wrong with the International signing system, which I have previously railed about, and then some new wrinkles thrown in.
- How does an American kid for all intents and purposes get MLB approval to circumvent the system and gin up a higher bonus? He played in America, went to HS in America, he doesn't fit the previous prevailing definition of an International player.
- Why doesn't MLB put these teams who are ignoring and flouting the penalties listed in the current system on notice that any penalties accrued will be transferred in some fashion to the next system?
This latest signing and others before it seem to indicate that teams are under the impression that they should take the penalty now and sign the player, because the penalties go bye-bye under the new system. This is contributing perversely to a further spiral and a further inequity to the American player versus the International player and makes a mockery of a system that's already a joke to start with.
Fine them all, or adjust their bonus slots, or take away future draft picks if necessary to all the teams involved and that includes the Giants. There shouldn't be a system that discriminates against American kids versus their International counterparts. Level the playing field.
Other than that, I'm OK with the signing, although from the YouTube above his actions both on the field and AB look a little stiff and mechanical, not very fluid. Is this what $6M buys these days or is there some sort of currency conversion rate that I'm not taking into account?
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