Probably before the Royals take the field on Monday night, almost certainly by the time they have lit up the Twins for three runs in the bottom of the first, Kansas City fans will know who the next big prospect in their system will be. It is nothing new for the Royals picking early in round one, but not much else about the 2012 Draft is familiar.
Gone are the recommended slots from the commissioner’s office with the only penalty for not adhering to them was a mean look from Bud Selig. In their place comes a prescribed bonus pool for each team’s picks in the first ten rounds. The penalty for exceeding them by even just five percent is a punitive tax and the spectre of the loss of draft picks in future drafts.