It wasn’t all that long ago that Puerto Ricans were the second largest group of non-US players. The trend downwards began with an outwardly small change that has ended up causing huge ripples across Latin America and Major League Baseball. In 1990 the island commonwealth was brought into the fold of the MLB draft. Previously players as young as 16 were signing professional contracts. With the ability to sign players to free agent contracts at young ages, MLB clubs invested time and money to develop talent. Now, those dollars have left the island for the likes of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.