- Eric Longenhagen, ESPN Insider
The 2015 MLB Rule 4 draft results are less than a week old, and already some of the financial details of the process are coming into focus.
The big story on Day 1 of the draft Monday was Daz Cameron's free fall to the 37th overall pick. He was considered in play as early as the Texas Rangers' pick at No. 4 overall, but after they opted to select Dillon Tate there, nobody felt they had the money to pull to trigger on Cameron until he got to the Houston Astros' third pick.
The penny-pinching began for the Astros after that, as they drafted players who are likely to sign for under slot with most of their remaining picks, including sixth-rounder Puerto Rican high schooler Nestor Muriel, who already has signed below slot. Many of Houston's picks are still playing in the College World Series -- including Cal State Fullerton righty Thomas Eshelman, who threw 100 pitches last Saturday then was brought out of the bullpen on a single day's rest during the first night of the draft -- so we'll have to wait a while yet to see how the financial puzzle pieces fit together for what looks like the best draft class of 2015 -- on paper anyway.