New CBA changes way college baseball does buisness

MLB's new CBA eliminated the draft-and-follow process and the implementation of a uniform signing date. Baseball America looks at how these changes will affect the college ranks.

Updated: December 20, 2006, 2:51 PM ET
By Aaron Fitt | Baseball America
JUPITER, Fla. -- Chipola (Fla.) Junior College coach Jeff Johnson admitted he had reservations when he first heard the details about the new MLB collective bargaining agreement announced during the World Series.

Nick Markakis
AP Photo/Gail BurtonNick Markakis was one of many current players who attended a junior college as part of MLB's draft-and-follow program.
The agreement spelled the end for draft-and-follows -- also known as DFE for draft, follow and evaluate -- as major league clubs now only will control the rights to a player they draft in June until Aug. 15, rather than control a junior college player until the following draft.

But when Johnson sat back and thought about it, he came to the same conclusion that most four-year college recruiting coordinators and major league scouts reached: Not much is really going to change. The elimination of the draft-and-follow process is not going to doom juco baseball, just as it is not going to revolutionize the way scouts spend their time. The CBA will have some repercussions for jucos, four-year schools and scouts alike -- but the general mood around those in attendance at the World Wood Bat Association Fall Championship is that the repercussions will be mostly positive.