Draft rules could impact Houston's plan

Updated: April 25, 2013, 8:12 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

The MLB draft's new rule may be only a year old, but clubs already have their strategies down to a science. It may differ from team to team depending on philosophy, preferences, even organizational need. Yes, need.

Unlike their counterparts in the NBA and NFL, MLB front offices never draft for need, particularly in the first round. However, the new draft rules, which limit the amount each team can spend on draft bonuses could be forcing a change in philosophy.

While teams aren't likely to admit any sort of blueprint or design to their drafts, the bonus pool allotments dictate it. One high-ranking scout told me last June, "You have one eye on your board and one eye on your bonus pool. It's real tough."