Yes, I said at the time that if you were trying to ruin a players confidence, morale and desire to play for that team, well it was done in one fell swoop. I had a special hope for him as my daughter lives just outside his hometown of Tullahoma, Tn. The only town named Tullahoma in the U. S. A.
I'm all for education but when he signed the contract he made a commitment to play baseball and in a season where he didn't get to play a lot and with uncertainty looming over next season I would have liked him to have been at the instructs.
Who said that?
And why can't he finish his degree this winter? or next winter? or the winter after that?
Good Lord some of you want to fight over everything. Take a deep breath and calm down along with ScOtt who ridiculously down voted my comment.
If I draft a kid with the #2 over pick and COVID wipes out his pro season, I sure would hope he was chomping at the bit to play in anything baseball related. Is it a huge deal that will mess up his development, absolutely not, but I'd like to know my new draft pick who left college early to be a professional would be 100% focused on his profession. There is plenty of time to get his degree finished. We're not talking about 25th round junior signee that is not really a prospect, but rather the #2 overall pick in the draft who got well over $5 million as a signing bonus.
On top of it all, the Orioles said he was not attending due to a non-baseball related injury. So maybe, just maybe there is more to this story, which is really the main point in all of this.
At the end of the day, baseball should be his priority over school once he signed that contract and said "I want to be a pro".
I still think there is more to this story then he just randomly decided to complete his degree and he couldn't attend instructs because of it, but that's just me.
Right, but most likely he was 5 years out anyway. Now that we are in the international market, I think that's where pitching prospect depth is going to come from. Luis Sanchez and Luis Ortiz both have good early reviews and there was a bunch more signed down there.