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It has seemed to me that MLB owners have been looking at a way to capitalize on the pandemic/situation.  I think they are uninterested in supporting. MiLB player salaries and are actively pushing to see College baseball to become a less costly minor league system closer to the way the football and basketball function for the NFL and NBA.  From a scout that I know, most player personnel guys feel that upper level D1, D2 in the southeast and JUCO ball in and around FL, TX, and CA are already better than rookie league ball, and on par with single A ball.  

My impression is MLB is pushing to utilize that system to a greater extent.  The quality of college baseball over the next few seasons is going to be outstanding.

Given that many of the problems with college baskeball and football arise precisely because they are used as a minor league for the NBA and NFL, I hardly think that it's reassuring to know that baseball wants to go the same way.  Usually, baseball with its minor league system is used as the example of how the NBA should go.  Kids who have no interest in being college students, getting to play professionally right out of high school.

They also are missing the point that minor league baseball grows interest in the sport.  College baseball stops in the summer, whereas a minor league game is a great thing to do, as a group or a family.  I don't think collegiate summer leagues can replace it. 

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It has seemed to me that MLB owners have been looking at a way to capitalize on the pandemic/situation.  I think they are uninterested in supporting. MiLB player salaries and are actively pushing to see College baseball to become a less costly minor league system closer to the way the football and basketball function for the NFL and NBA.  From a scout that I know, most player personnel guys feel that upper level D1, D2 in the southeast and JUCO ball in and around FL, TX, and CA are already better than rookie league ball, and on par with single A ball.  

My impression is MLB is pushing to utilize that system to a greater extent.  The quality of college baseball over the next few seasons is going to be outstanding.

I’m not sure it’s true college ball is better than rookie ball. Rookie ball is almost all of the college players drafted. A handful start higher. A lot of D1 players from top forty teams don’t get drafted. 

I do agree pro baseball is trying to skinny down minor league ball and count on college ball as a major source of talent. It will cut down the projection and whiffing on high school players.

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I wonder Why HS pitchers are doing so badly anyway that teams now shy away from them in the top of the first round. 

Are pro teams worse at developing HS pitchers or is it simply a selection issue that players who survive in college with performance and health are less likely to break down.

Investing a top15 pick in a HS pitcher just seems to be a bad investment looking at all the busts.

Given that many of the problems with college baskeball and football arise precisely because they are used as a minor league for the NBA and NFL, I hardly think that it's reassuring to know that baseball wants to go the same way.  Usually, baseball with its minor league system is used as the example of how the NBA should go.  Kids who have no interest in being college students, getting to play professionally right out of high school.

They also are missing the point that minor league baseball grows interest in the sport.  College baseball stops in the summer, whereas a minor league game is a great thing to do, as a group or a family.  I don't think collegiate summer leagues can replace it. 

I agree. College baseball doesn't exist in the summer, for the most part, making it unsuited to be a mainstay of "the summer game".

   

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