Friday, August 12, 2011

Draft deadline now mere hours away

The deadline for signing draft picks is quickly approaching for teams that still have picks left unsigned from the June draft. This coming Monday, August 15th, at 11:59 p.m. marks the deadline for teams to come to agreements with their future prospects. The deadline does not apply to players drafted out of independent leagues. It also does not apply to college seniors that were taken in the draft.

The Twins still have to sign their first round pick and both of their supplemental round picks. Levi Michael, the Twins first round pick, just finished his junior year at the University of North Carolina. Travis Harrison and Hudson Boyd were seniors in high school before they were selected in the supplemental round by the Twins. That is a lot of talent left on the table with the deadline now mere hours away.

Reports at the middle of July had the Twins close to signing Levi Michael. He has already been to the Twin Cities to take a physical and it seemed that the team was close to coming to an agreement. It has now been a month since those reports and Michael has yet to sign his name on a deal with the Twins.

As of last night, only nine of the first round picks have been signed so there is still hope a deal for Michael can be completed before Monday night's deadline. If Michael does not sign with the team, the Twins would get a compensatory pick in the 2012 draft to take the place of their lost pick in 2011.

A week and a half ago, it seemed that a deal with both of the Twins supplemental round picks was still a ways away from becoming a reality. Travis Harrison and Hudson Boyd are both high level talents that are young and have college as an option to improve their baseball abilities. The Twins would not get compensation for Harrison or Boyd not signing with the team. This means there is a good chance that the Twins will have to pay bonuses that are over the slotted amount for their position in the draft.

The Twins talent level in the minor leagues could be greatly upgraded with the addition of these three players. Reports last night had the team confident that deals will get done in time but the clock is ticking for the Twins to get each of these players to sign on the dotted line.

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