How to Read Short-Season Box Scores and Reordering the 2012 Draft

Start reading a short-season box score by focusing on the best prospects.

A short-season box is a funny thing: the players are years away from the big leagues and their underlying skills and ability are much more important than their production. That is even more true on the level of a season over a single game.  Nevertheless, good production beats the alternative.

To that end, I’ve re-ordered the top of the Mets’ 2012 draft class by signing bonus.

 


2012 Draft

Round Slot Bonus Player  +/- Slot Assignment
1 2,550,000 2,300,000 Gavin Ceccini -250,000 KIN
1s 1,467,400 1,400,000 Kevin Plawecki -67,400 BKN
2 723,600 525,000 Matt Reynolds -198,600 SAV
7 146,600 475,000 Corey Oswalt 328,400 KIN
3 445,400 425,000 Matt Koch -20,400 BKN
14 100,000 374,400 Chris Flexen 274,400 KIN
8 136,900 250,000 Tomas Nido 113,100 KIN
4 323,900 225,000 Branden Kaupe -98,900 KIN
5 242,600 200,000 Brandon Welch -42,600 BKN
6 181,700 150,000 Jayce Boyd -31,700 BKN
11 100,000 150,000 Logan Taylor 50,000 BKN
12 100,000 100,000 Rob Whalen 0
9 127,900 10,000 Richie Rodriguez -117,900 BKN
10 125,000 1,000 Paul Sewald -124,000 BKN

 

The big movers upward are high school arms Corey Oswalt (7th round, 4th largest bonus) and Chris Flexen (14th round, 6th largest bonus).

Also take a look at the assignments: five of the eight players with the largest bonuses in the 2012 draft class have been assigned to Kingsport.