Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I Never Understood This
The Major League Baseball draft was yesterday, and the Yankees signed third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. who I'm sure is amazing. But the big story from the draft is Gerrit Cole who was signed by the Pirates as the first overall pick. Cole had been previously drafted by the Yankees out of high school in 2008, but did not sign so he could go play college ball at UCLA. Now, Cole pitched at UCLA, dominated, and is now being drafted by the Pirates. There's no doubt he's going to make a nice signing bonus, and he will be financially set for the future. But I just find that decision to be amazingly risky. If I were a high school pitcher getting drafted in the first round, there is no way I would go to college. The reason is simple: with my million plus dollar signing bonus I could set aside enough to go to college, and see how my professional career pans out. If I succeed and reach the majors then great. If not, I have enough money set aside to go back to college and find a new career. My mind is less likely to fall apart than my arm. There is a risk in playing college ball and getting injured. With an injury you'll be getting drafted in a lower round and getting a lower signing bonus or worse, you won't be able to play at all.