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MLB Players in the First Year Players Draft
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College Scholarship Plan
Guide To Player Agents
Common Questions About The Minor Leagues
Q: Where does the minor league teams get their players?
A: Most of the players at the Rookie Level and Short Season A are signed after being drafted in the June Free Agent Draft. Players are also signed as non-drafted free agents and also through the international scouting as free agents.

Q: What is the chances of a player signing a minor league contract reaching the Major Leagues?
A: About 10% of players that sign a minor league contract will play one game at the Major League level.
Your Chances Of Reaching The Major Leagues
  • Round 1: 66%
  • Round 2: 49%
  • Round 3-5: 32%
  • Round 6-10: 20%
  • Round 11-20: 11%
  • Round 21 +: 7%
  • Non Drafted: 4%
  • Foreign Players: 7%
    Players Playing At Each Level Chances Of Reaching The Major Leagues
  • Triple A: 73%
  • Double A: 33%
  • Class A: 15%
  • Short-Season A: 9%
    Q: What are minor league salaries like?
    A: First year players get paid $1100 per month, reguardless of where they are drafted or what level they are playing at. Many teams have a graduating minor league salary scale based on service and playing level that pre-determines their salary after the first year.In addition, players get an extra $14- $18 per day meal money when they are on the road, depending on what level they are playing at.
  • First Year: $1100 per month
  • Class A: $$1250 per month
  • Class AA: $1350-$1450 per month
  • Class AAA: $1500-$2000 per month
    Q: Do players get health insurance?
    A: Minor league players are fully enrolled, at no cost to themselves unless they have dependents, in the minor league insurance program from the time they report after signing. Players are also covered under the laws of the Worker's Compensation Act for injuries while playing.
    Q: Where do players live?
    A: Most players because of the size of their salary, players typically live 2-4 to an apartment.At the rookie level many of the players live with host families.
    Q: What costs do the teams pay for?
    A: The Major League teams pay all the player's transportation costs between their home of record and their minor league city at the beginning of the season and the end of the season. They also pay for the transportation costs if a player changes teams during the season. The club provides full uniforms along with bats, balls, catching gear, ect. A player will only have to provide his shoes and glove.
    Q: What is minor league travel like?
    A: Travel conditions vary from league to league based on the distances between cities.Teams will communte any trip within two hours of their home city. Longer trips will involve staying overnight in hotels. In some leagues, spending 6-8 hours or more on a bus is a regular event as teams moves from series and city to city. Many trips at the Double A and particularly the Triple A levels are by plane.
    Q: What is the turnover rate in the minor leagues?
    A: Each year teams draft and sign about 45-50 players and release the same number or 25-30% turnover rate.

  • Q: How do they hold the Draft?
    A: The draft is held via conference call with all 30 clubs, which is emanated out of the Commissioner's Office here in New York. The draft will end after 40 rounds, which should take about two days.
    The first day, June 7, begins at 1 p.m. and will conclude at 6 p.m. ET. Following the completion of that day's selections, the round-by-round results will be found on the Major League Baseball Web Site.
    The second day, we will begin at noon ET, and it is scheduled to end at 6 p.m. ET. Someone with the Commissioner's Office announces which team's turn it is to pick. The team has two minutes to select a player. The team continues to remain in the draft, until they pass, until they have finished making their picks, or until the draft is over.
    Q: Who is eligibile for the June Free Agent Draft?
    A: Graduating high school seniors, all junior college players, players that have completed their third year of college, and players that have turned 21 years of age within 45 days of the draft. College players that have dropped out of school can apply for the draft by writing the Baseball Commissioner's Office no later than March 20.
    Q: How long does the draft last?
    A: The draft is limited to 40 rounds plus "Compensation Picks" after the first round for off-season signing of Major League free agents. Usually the draft will last about 20 rounds are completed on the first day, and another 20 rounds on the second day. There are sandwich picks between the first and second rounds based on players who have signed a contract with a new club as a Major League free agent.
    In addition to teams who are compensated for losing that free-agent player with this sandwich pick, a pick is also provided for that club which failed to sign their first-round pick from the prior year.
    Q: How important is a pre-draft work out to where I go in the draft?
    A: This is often the last chance you have to impress the teams scouts and the workout will be in front of the Scouting Director and the team's General Manager. So an impressive showing can help your draft status.
    Q: How will I know if I am drafted?
    A: The scout responsible for your selection will contact you by a phone call immediately after you have been selected.
    Q: What rights does the selecting team have?
    A: The team that selected you has the sole negotiating rights to you and must submit a written minor league contract to you within 15 days of your selection. Failure to do so, terminates their negotiating rights and the player will be a free agent and on the open market for contract negotiations. The drafting team has to August 15 to sign the player.
    Q:Which is better to sign out of high school or after college?
    A:Well that depends. How high did you go in the draft and how much of a signing bonus has the team has offered you.How good of student are you? If you are not academically inclined that it might be a good ideal to sign. But remember it is a business from the day you leave home and get the team that signs you to pay for your college education in the off-season. Get it all in writing.

    Q:I have been drafted after my junior year in college what should I do if I don't like the team's signing bonus offer?
    A: First make certain you are playing that summer in a summer collegiate league? If you do come to terms and sign a minor league contract your playing ability will suffer the first couple weeks because you have not been playing in a while. Also the drafted team frequently increases is signing bonus offer if you are playing extremely well in a summer collegiate league. Eric Milton went to the Cape League and threw two one hitters and one no hitter and convinced the New York Yankees he was well worth what he was asking for. J.D. Drew convinced St Louis he was well worth the Major League Contract he was asking for by tearing up the Independent Northern League in 1997 and 1998.

    Q:When should I return to college after being drafted after my junior year?
    A:Only if the drafted team is not willing to pay for your senior year in college. College senior tend to get half the signing bonus what a college junior would get drafted in the same round. Teams know you are a year older and can't really bargain and give you a take it a leave it offer.

    Q: When can fifth-year senior sign contracts?
    A: As soon as you finish your last class in college, you are eligible to sign a minor league contract.

    Q:Can I price myself out of the draft?
    A: Teams not only draft on talent but signability.Many teams will not draft a player they classify as unsignable by asking way more than market value.

    Q:Does attending a top 25 school increase my chances of being scouted?
    A:Yes, You have a better chance of being scouted at a Top 25 Division 1 because the scouts will be there to see other previously drafted players on your team. Keep in mind scouts will go to any place if they feel there are players that are potential Major League Ballplayers whether it at a large Divison 1 or a tiny Division 3 college. It is just much easier to evaluate players playing against strong competition. Attending a national ranked college doesn't make you a prospect, showing Major League tools does.

    Q: When should I hire an agent?
    A: You should hire an agent if you are drafted high in the draft and expect a bonus at least $100,000, so likely in the first 4 rounds.

    Q: How much do agents charge?
    A: The standard rate for agents or advisors is 4% of your signing bonus. Some may charge less or no fee until you reach the Major Leagues.

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