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Japanese Baseball Draft

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Japanese Baseball Draft
I am doing my master's thesis on the international baseball draft. However, the focus of my paper is less on the merits of an international draft than a "guidebook" for how best to implement one.

I've gotten a lot of good information from some MLB sources, but I still have some holes to fill, specifically with regards to Japanese baseball. I understand the posting system, but I don't understand how some Japanese amateurs are able to make it to the MLB without playing in the NPB. I think this is due to my lack of understanding of the amateur draft in Japan.

Can you point me to any resource(s) that explains how the amateur draft works and how Japanese amateurs make it to the MLB?

I appreciate the help, and, in the interest of full disclosure, my thesis is for the Sports Industry Management program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I'd be happy to post or send the completed product when it is finished!
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