La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Final day of draft about to start

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Vikings draft Updated: June 6, 2012 - 11:08 AM

The final day of the draft is about to start.

Will update here when I can. There is no time between picks, so the selections come rapid fire style. I anticipate having to dig more for info on many of these picks because many won't be on the big board. So I expect to post picks here in clusters.

So keep checking back for updates.

Here's Baseball America's take from yesterday. The Twins did not follow this pattern. They only took one college senior all day. But they did take several players who were ranked lower on the BA board than where they were selected. It appears that teams were nervous about running out of money for the first ten rounds.

There is a bonus cap of $100,000 on any pick after the 10th round. Anything over that goes against a team's MLB-mandated cap for the first ten rounds. So say a team has a pool of $9 million for the first ten rounds and has spent $8.9 million. If they sign a 15th round pick for $100,000, it doesn't count against $9 million. If they sign that player for $250,000, that's $150,000 over the budget, and that gets applied to the budget for the first ten rounds.

It's tricky. It's strange. It's new. But that's how the league is trying to stop wild spending on the draft.


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