Even after the completion of 10 rounds, there are still 19 players from MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list who remain undrafted. Outfielder Ryan Boldt from Red Wing High School in Minnesota tops the list at No. 40.
Boldt was one of the most difficult players to scout this spring. The season begins later in Minnesota than in most states, and he played in only two games before a knee injury ended his senior season. While the injury isn't expected to hamper his potential, it combined with his commitment to the University of Nebraska to push him down Draft boards.
Farragut High School (Tenn.) right-hander Kyle Serrano (No. 43) is also likely college bound. He is committed to Tennessee, where his father, Dave Serrano, is the coach. Dave Serrano tweeted during the second round Thursday night that his son will pitch for the Volunteers.
Boldt and Serrano probably have more complex situations than most, but the other high schoolers on the list aren't that different. For the most part, the high schoolers have fallen due to their strong college commitments. Great Bridge High School (Va.) right-hander Connor Jones (No. 53) told teams last month he intended to uphold his commitment to Virginia. Several others, including Pigeon Forge High School (Tenn.) right-hander Wil Crowe (No. 81), have taken to Twitter in the past two days to affirm their college commitments.
"Said no to a pricey number today so I could be a part of #GamecocksNation and make my stock better in three years! Thanks for all the support!" Crowe tweeted after the Draft ended Friday evening.
Of the four undrafted college players in the Top 100, three are juniors. Pepperdine left-hander Aaron Brown (No. 97) is a Draft-eligible sophomore, giving him added leverage in negotiations.
Teams that have been careful with their pool of money allotted to sign their Draft picks could quickly snap up the remaining Top 100 players Saturday regardless of their signability.
Each pick in the first 10 rounds is assigned a value and the total of those picks represents a team's budget for the Draft. If a player signs for less than the pick is valued, the savings can be applied to a team's other selections. But if a team exceeds its Draft pool, it is subject to penalties.
While picks that sign for more than $100,000 in rounds 11-40 still count against a team's allotted pool, the value of that selection is not lost if they do not sign. Last year, in the first Draft that used these rules, many teams targeted players who were perceived to be difficult signs early on the third day of the Draft.
Regardless of what strategy teams adopt during the final 30 rounds Saturday, future Major League players will be drafted. In all, 164 players on Opening Day rosters this season were drafted after the 10th round, making up 25.5 percent of big league rosters. Rising stars such as Dominic Brown (20th round in 2006), Dan Straily (24th round in 2009) and Scott Feldman (30th round in 2003) all had to wait a long time to hear their names called.
Unearthing talent late in the Draft isn't a recent phenomenon. All-Stars such as Albert Pujols (13th round in 1999), Jake Peavy (15th round in 1999) and Andy Pettitte (22nd round in 1990) were all selected deep in the Draft.
Only time will tell if there is a future MVP or Cy Young winner like Pujols or Peavy selected Saturday, but all 30 clubs will be working hard to find him.