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Old 06-11-2018, 06:15 PM   #81
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Baseball is the worst sport to try and keep up with recruiting. There are just so many players taken in the draft that you really have no clue who will come to school, who will leave early, etc..
As much as I love college baseball, this is one reason why I really don't bother following the recruiting. I worry about what we have once they get on campus in the Fall.
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:20 PM   #82
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True.

Blaze Alexander, for instance, taken in the 11th Round..... if the guy went to college and even remotely lived up to the hype, he would be a 1st or 2nd round type player. Instead, he will be making very little money and having to enjoy riding a bus while his ex-classmates enjoy the college scene.
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:22 PM   #83
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True.

Blaze Alexander, for instance, taken in the 11th Round..... if the guy went to college and even remotely lived up to the hype, he would be a 1st or 2nd round type player. Instead, he will be making very little money and having to enjoy riding a bus while his ex-classmates enjoy the college scene.
I agree. Unless I'm offered close to a million dollars or more then I'm going to college. To me it's a win-win. If you turn out to be a bust in college, well you probably weren't going to make it anyway. But 3 years in the SEC much more often than not results in higher draft status. Plus the whole college experience thing.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:47 PM   #84
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Yup. White was picked 55th by the Rangers. Alexander had a somewhat disappointing spring so his stock has slid, but possibly (probably?) not enough to get him to come here instead. Bradley is interesting because he's projecting at a 4-6 round pick, and he won't turn 18 until next March. He's also still pretty raw as a pitcher, so maybe college will look better than spending 2 years in rookie ball.


UPDATE: Day 1 is done, and Owen White was the only Gamecock commit selected through the first 78 picks. No current players were selected.

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2nd-rder Owen White signs w/@Rangers for $1.5 million (pick 55 value = $1,257,500). North Carolina HS RHP, very projectable & athletic, already up to 95 mph, makings of four potential plus pitches. South Carolina recruit. @MLBDraft
Good luck in your future career, Owen. But with that signing bonus, you've already gotten a bit....
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:29 PM   #85
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Taj Bradley signed and made twice as much as his slot suggested..... $747,500.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:36 PM   #86
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Agreed. Imagine how difficult recruiting is for the coaches. You have to be in on these guys early, so you are often dealing with projections. And then you need guys that can compete on an SEC level, yet if they are too good you lose them to the MLB draft. I would be pulling my hair out haha.
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:58 PM   #87
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Hoping Cortes and Morris will come back for another year. Both have talent and both will still have leverage.
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Old 06-15-2018, 01:11 AM   #88
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Indians gave their 6th rd pick 900k as a bonus (slotted at about 235k) Morris went to them in the 7th. They have roughly 6.7 mill left to spend and have their top 3 guys(all hs kids) to sign. Their combined slotted value is roughly 6 mil. Also,to get an idea about leverage, they signed their 4th rd pick, a Sr from Wofford, to a 50k bonus. His slot value was 406K.

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Old 06-15-2018, 08:34 AM   #89
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I know it's just me but if I were a HS kid and didn't go in the first three rounds I would go to college. But most of these kids have played baseball since they were three or four years old and have been told they are the best player since Babe Ruth. And for a lot of them baseball is their life and has come in front of everything. It's too bad they can't spend a year in the minors and have a chance to go back to college and play.
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Old 06-28-2018, 09:04 PM   #90
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Hill, Cortez, Morris, and Eddy D have all signed professional contracts. Lawson and R.Chapman will return to school. No word on LT's decision, yet.
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Kingston said the other day that LT was gonna sign
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Kingston said the other day that LT was gonna sign
Well if he said that, he shouldn't have even if it is true. Kinda defeats the point of having leverage if the parent club knows you are going to sign.
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Old 07-05-2018, 06:46 AM   #93
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Some good news as Josiah Sightler announced that he will be coming to USC. He was picked in the 12th round by the Reds and turned down a decent signing bonus to join the Gamecocks. He hit .422 this season for Swansea with 7 HR's and 27 RBIs, along with 28 walks against only 10 strikeouts. As noted at TBS:

"Sightler could feature at any number of spots for South Carolina. He originally committed to the school predominately as a left-handed pitcher but suffered a severe shoulder injury that kept him from pitching as a senior. While mound time could still come to fruition, it is more likely that Sightler focuses on playing a position. The left-handed power hitter could play either a corner outfield position or first base, and he’ll practice at both spots this fall when the team begins workouts in August."


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Some good news as Josiah Sightler announced that he will be coming to USC. He was picked in the 12th round by the Reds and turned down a decent signing bonus to join the Gamecocks. He hit .422 this season for Swansea with 7 HR's and 27 RBIs, along with 28 walks against only 10 strikeouts. As noted at TBS:

"Sightler could feature at any number of spots for South Carolina. He originally committed to the school predominately as a left-handed pitcher but suffered a severe shoulder injury that kept him from pitching as a senior. While mound time could still come to fruition, it is more likely that Sightler focuses on playing a position. The left-handed power hitter could play either a corner outfield position or first base, and he’ll practice at both spots this fall when the team begins workouts in August."


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Thank you so much for posting this article!
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Old 07-05-2018, 03:13 PM   #95
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We are going to depend on several of the guys from this year's class to be ready to play. We had a lot of guys drafted this year and several early-outs or transfers.
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Kingston said the other day that LT was gonna sign
He did say that and with full support of his staff. Needless to say Mark looks after a player's best interest.
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