MINNEAPOLIS The 2012 Major League Baseball draft is in the books.
Baseball's draft, which spans three days and lasts 40 rounds, doesn't drum up the same excitement as its counterparts in the NFL and NBA for several reasons. For starters, the football and basketball drafts don't last 40 rounds like baseball's does. The NBA's is just two rounds, the NFL's seven. Even with just 60 seconds between picks for much of the event, MLB's draft is a grueling marathon that doesn't translate well for the casual fan.
But perhaps the bigger reason is that the players selected in this week's MLB draft won't see a major league field for years, if at all. With the 40 rounds, plus two compensation rounds, a total of 1,238 players were selected from Monday to Wednesday. There are only 750 roster spots in all of baseball.
Do the math, and you'll find that the odds of most of these players making a major league team in the near future aren't great. Those who sign will all start out in the...