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MLB may adopt international draft


MLB may adopt international draft

With all the news surrounding Yoenis Cespedes and the impending spending cap, there is talk of the MLB trying to find a universal solution for teams acquiring international players.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the amount of money teams can spend on international players as well as those chosen in the amateur draft. Which is a big reason why the market on guys like Cespedes, Gerardo Concepcion and Jorge Soler is larger than normal. The Yu Darvish post was also a bit on the crazy side.

Currently, there is an amateur draft in place for those players from the U.S. who are either coming out of college or high school. For international players, it's almost first-come, first-serve. Whoever wins the posting bid for Japanese players wins the right to negotiate exclusively. With Cuban and Dominican players, whichever team provides the best contract, they essentially win the player.

That may change, according to Bud Selig.

The MLB commissioner told BaseballAmerica recently the league may be headed for an international draft.

"It is inevitable," Selig said. "I would like to see it. We have made some significant progress to that end. When we went to the draft in 1965, it was to create a more level playing field. We've done that, and the same thing will have to happen internationally."

While it may be inevitable, Selig admitted there is no timetable yet on an international draft.

"We'll watch the situation carefully and make the right decision," he said. "I can't say when a draft would be put in place. We want to see how the process works out."

For more, check out the article at BaseballAmerica.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball


White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system


After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen