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#554 Amateur Draft Q. How does the Amateur Draft work exactly?

The logic behind the Amateur Draft is based on the draft settings each franchise has selected as well as the draft board those settings have generated.

The amount a franchise spends in High School Scouting and/or College Scouting impacts the number of players scouted from that sector. The more you spend, the more players you'll scout and the more accurate your projections will be. However, a franchise with a smaller budget can scout a player that a franchise with a higher budget doesn't. The ratio of college/high school scouting budgets will also impact the number of players chosen from that sector. For instance, if you have $14M allotted to college scouting and only $7M to high school scouting, your draft results should result in more college players taken than high school players since you'll have scouted more players from that sector. But, you'll still take a high school prospect if he's clearly better than his college counterpart. What you see on your draft board is what you should expect to draft.

The positions listed with each player is what your scouting department (HS or college) projects him to play at the big league level. For example, a better scouting department will project a SS coming out of high school to be more likely to play 3B at the big league level.

Each draft consists of the same allotment of players at each position. The quality varies from draft to draft, however.

Each draft also consists of a different set of 32 franchise draft settings. As a result, drafts vary. If everyone goes for a high number of starting pitchers one draft, then you might not be able to meet your target count because the available list of starting pitchers may be drafted.

When it comes to meeting a position target count, if the only thing remaining is partially scouted players at that position, your department will take a gamble and draft an unscouted player. This may pan out or it may not.

If a player's signability indicates he'll only sign in the first round or first five rounds and you draft him in the proper round, then he's considered a safe candidate. If drafted later than that, then he probably won't sign.

Players with leverage will ask for higher demands and take their time to sign, so don't panic. You'll always hear back as to whether they want to sign, ask for more money, or have decided to pursue another path.

College seniors that are drafted but do not sign will become free-agents the following season. First round picks that don't sign result in a compensation pick for the drafting franchise.

Currently, non college seniors that are drafted but don't sign are not in the following season's draft class. We plan on adding this at some point in the future.

#599 Amateur Draft Q. What happens if I don't have enough money to sign my 1st round draft pick?
  A. If the player is a college Senior he will become a FA next season.
#604 Amateur Draft Q. Why did I draft a guy I didn't scout?
  A. If you reach a point in the draft where you don't have any scouted players at that position the AI will choose a candidate from the pool that you have not scouted.
#615 Amateur Draft Q. Team A is seeing a draft pick that projects to a 100 OVR rating. I allocated more money to my draft budget than Team A for this year’s draft, why can’t I see this player too?
  A. The amount of money assigned to your scouting departments increases your franchise’s ability to locate and scout talent. The more you spend, the more players you’ll discover and the more accurate your scouting reports will be. However, it doesn’t mean you’ll always see the best players available. Some of these players can slip through the cracks and some will be scouted by other franchises who have spent less money on scouting. But the percentages will always be in your favor.
#617 Amateur Draft Q. Why are my draft picks taking forever to sign?
  A. Draft picks are always evaluating their future, some player’s might want to finish college, play professional hockey, continue playing college ball, or skip everything entirely and try to make a name for themselves in pro baseball. There are different signability statuses that will influence whether or not that player will pursue baseball or go in a different direction. You may get responses outlining their thoughts and the best way to handle it is to meet the demands of the pick and wait it out, continually increasing the offer may or may not increase his decision speed. You can also change your draft settings to only pick players who are open to signing and playing professional baseball. In the end, some picks just take more time to decide on what they want to do with their future than others. Much like in real life, they need to evaluate what is best for them.
#620 Amateur Draft Q. Why did the AI sign some of my draft prospects and then add them to my RL roster?
  A. If your RL roster is not complete (at least 25 players), the AI will sign enough of your draft prospects to fill out the roster. Before the AI does anything though, you will receive an email a few days before RL is scheduled to begin. This email warns you that RL will be starting soon and you should make sure your roster is complete, otherwise the AI will sign the draft picks.
#638 Amateur Draft Q. What is slot money?
  A. Each year, the big league commissioner's office puts together a list of recommendations for how much a player should expect as a signing bonus based on their pick in the draft. This is a recommendation that most players/agents follow, although some choose to exceed the slot money recommendations based on skill and/or leverage.
#641 Amateur Draft Q. This season's amateur draft crop look weak. Shouldn't something be done about that?
  A. Our Amateur Draft talent pools mimics real life in that it varies season to season. Some seasons may have a strong top 50 without much depth after that, while other seasons may have much greater depth across all positions. The bottom line is that each season brings a new crop, and the crop is never the same.
#682 Amateur Draft Q. How do I get a Type D compensation pick?
  A. If you don't sign your true first round pick, second round pick, or third round pick you will be awarded with a Type D pick the following season.

In order to receive the compensation pick you must offer the player 100% of his initial demands, he must refuse to sign, and you must never withdraw your offer to the draft pick at any time. If the player counters and you wish to make a new offer you can do so but the new offer must be 100% of his new demands and it must also not be withdrawn. Essentially your last offer must have been at least 100% of his demands at the time the offer was made and never withdrawn.

If those conditions are met then you will receive a compensation pick in next seasons draft in the same slot that you picked the previous season plus one depending on any other shifting from franchises that were awarded Type D compensation picks before you. This holds true for the first and second round. For third round compensation picks you will receive a pick in a supplemental round at the end of the third round in the following seasons draft.

Compensation round picks for Type A and Type B FAs DO NOT qualify for Type D compensation picks.
#737 Amateur Draft Q. In my world a player was drafted 3rd in the S9 draft and he was 22 years old and did not sign. I was under the impression that 22 year olds that did not sign would show up in the free agent list the next season, but he was nowhere to be found.

College seniors that are drafted but do not sign will become free-agents the following season. The player must also have been openly sign-able.

#775 Amateur Draft Q. How are Type A compensation picks awarded?
  A. Type A compensation picks are awarded based on the draft order for the current season. If you sign a Type A free agent you will lose your first round draft pick if your pick is greater than the 16th pick (Type D picks are not included). Therefore the first 16 "true" picks are protected.

We realize that in real life it is based on the quality of the player, but in Hardball that is too subjective and entirely based on opinion. The best compromise, and the most fair solution, is to base it on the worlds current draft order.

Also, supplemental picks are re-ordered during the first day of the Amateur Draft Preparation period based on draft order.
#795 Amateur Draft Q. I just had players assigned and inactivated by the AI, why?
  A. If you have top flight draft picks pending assignment at the end of the season the AI will assign and inactivate these draft picks as long as you have the salary available and the roster spots.
#837 Amateur Draft Q. How is the order of supplemental round picks determined?
  A. Supplemental draft picks are reordered during the Amateur Draft Preparation period and are ordered based on the draft order. However, if a team has multiple Type A or Type B supplemental picks, their 2nd, 3rd, etc. picks will be after every other team has their 1st supplemental pick.

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