Quebecer Alex Agostino set sail for Philadelphia this week to help the Phillies place the final pledges on the big chess game represented by the big baseball draft.
“It’s not necessarily my favorite time of year,” he said in a telephone interview in the final days before the draft. It’s a bit like the game with cat and mouse, as it becomes difficult to talk to the players. The fun will be more from 11 to 13 July, during the draft. “
Agostino, who works as a scout mentor in the Northeastern United States for the Phillies, is at Citizens Bank Park to polish the list of team selections. From the 3rd to the 10th of July, there were some training sessions planned to observe some hope a little closer, but the club already knows quite well which players it is likely to turn to.
A complex process
The big baseball draft is still very special. The teams obviously want to choose the best people, but they must also consider whether these potential customers are ready to jump into affiliate baseball for the amount offered to them as a signing bonus.
For example, the Phillies have the 13th choice in total, in the first round, and the bonus for that step is about $ 4.2 million. We obviously want to avoid choosing a young player who will demand a higher amount, on the pretext that he prefers to continue his stay at a school.
In the first round, the bonuses are high and it goes relatively well, but the process is the same for the 20 rounds that make up the next draft. It is with this in mind that clubs negotiate with players and agents, before and even during the session.
Asked if Phillies could be tempted by a young Quebec player in the next few days, Agostino was not very optimistic.
“The youngest players from Canada have not had many opportunities to impress the main recruits while several competitions have been canceled in connection with the pandemic,” Agostino admitted.
The next draft will therefore probably smile more at those who went to American colleges or universities. There are some quebecers there, but the odds seem small for many of them, with this version reduced to 20 rounds.
– Since the work never seems to stop in the recruitment world, Agostino will take the road to Florida, the day after the draft, when the Perfect Game National Showcase is held there from 14 to 18 July. The event, which will be held at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, will bring together 200 of the best players eligible for the 2022 and 2023 drafts.