The Secondary Draft is back with an ‘upgraded version’. Will it work this time?
The KBO Board of Governors decided on Wednesday to revive the secondary draft starting this year in an effort to level the playing field. The second draft will be held after the season ends this year. The last time the secondary draft was held was after the 2019 season, and it was the first time in four years.
The secondary draft was created to ensure that players who are losing out on roster spots or who have become stale prospects are given new opportunities due to free agency. It was first held before the 2012 season, and has been held every two years since then.
On the flip side, there are also situations where teams have to release players. In the run-up to the second round of the draft, teams are deep in thought about creating their protected list. This list has to be carefully crafted, as any player who leaves it will immediately be drafted by another team. In the past, players off the 40-man roster have been designated for assignment, and most of them are either bouncing back and forth between the first and second teams, or prospects with solid “potential” but haven’t reached their full potential.
The team that has lost the most players in the second round is the Doosan Bears. They had to give up 23 players. The team that lost the least was the Hanwha Eagles with seven players. In the second round of the draft in November 2019, Doosan had four players drafted, including Byun Jin-soo (pitcher), Kang Dong-yeon (pitcher), Jung Jin-ho (outfielder), and Lee Hyun-ho (pitcher). Lee Jae-hak (NC), one of the most successful second-round draft picks of all time, also came from Doosan. Doosan is known as the “watering hole” of baseball because of its endless supply of prospects, but its secondary draft hemorrhaging was painful to watch.
However, it was also pointed out that the secondary draft was actually quite passive. There is a round-by-round transfer fee for second-round transfers, which is why some teams don’t even bother drafting players at all, and the fact that very few of the players who are finally drafted perform noticeably is also a reason why the position of the second draft is diminishing.카지노
After the abolition of the secondary draft, voices began to say that the secondary draft is still the best alternative for players who are desperate for opportunities, and the KBO and clubs began to actively consider it. The changes to the rules for the secondary draft, announced on December 12, add more safeguards than before.
While the protected list was reduced from 40 to 35 players, a new rule was created to mandatorily enroll the designated player on the first team roster. If a player fails to meet this requirement (50 days or more in the first round, 30 days or more in the second round), they will be required to return to their original club after the second season or be released as a free agent. We’re not sure if this rule will be a “handshake” or a “handshake,” but at the very least, teams will be more cautious about selecting players in the second round.
In addition, the bottom three teams in the standings from the previous year will be able to draft players up to five rounds later, whereas in the past they could lose their top picks.