Is It Just Me or Does Nobody Care About the MLB Draft as Much as They Should?
Die-hard baseball fans like myself might look at this headline and snark at it because it's hard not to believe as a baseball fan watching the draft and the players in it that the MLB Draft is must-watch TV year in and year out.
Compared to other professional sports drafts, the MLB churns out freak athletes one after the other in the draft every single year. Hell, if you're not getting drafted out of High School in this thing you're looked at as less than from other draftees and even some ball clubs. The thing is though, it's also possible to draft the complete opposite way in the MLB draft and still have success in the long run with your picks. Teams look at prospects who might not have it all right now, but can see signs of things to come for them, which a lot of the time is enough for a Major League front office to pull trig on a kid.
I say people don't care about it because although a lot of people do, it certainly doesn't seem like it. The thing isn't advertised even a hair, while the NFL draft is talked about for months on end on ESPN before hand. It's broadcast on a channel, MLB Network, that only a handful of providers get, leaving more than likely about half of MLB fans without the ability to watch even if they wanted to. Thinking about it more deeply, the draft being dead in the middle of the regular season probably has something to do with the discreetness of it. Most professional sports drafts are held in the offseason, giving homesick fans a chance to rekindle the flame, even if it is just for a couple of nights. In baseball's case, if your team is playing tonight you're probably not going to be tuning into the draft.
Also, fans might not care because the players that are getting selected today might not see a big league roster spot for another five years, while draftees in most other sports are thrown directly into the show. Baseball is one of the only sports where you have professional scouts going to High School games, and that's what makes the draft so exciting. Especially at my age, I get to see kids younger than me live out the same dream I once had. It's fascinating both as a baseball fan and a sports fan, which is why more people should watch it.