Mountain West Baseball Draft Picks Taking Time to Decide

The future lies here - Rich Schultz

Hmm. Do I take the money and run or return for one final fling at college baseball? Unless you are in the top four rounds of the draft, that's a tough decision. A top pick will get millions for signing and should be on the fast track to the bigs. An outstanding college player picked in the first round could be making his presence felt in about two years. Wow! What a dream. The rest of the picks? Not so easy. There is a lot to be said about the one final year and maybe a degree. We should wish them all well.

Signed Baseball Draftees


At this point six MWC players of the 23 drafted have signed and four were juniors. That hurts Fresno State the most as Derick Velazquez and Chris Mariscal both sign and now coach has to find someone to fill their positions. San Diego State loses a junior in Brandon Thomas and he's one of those mysteries I was talking about in an earlier post. He pitched little and I didn't see a lot in his stats but, the pros knows. That leaves 14 other juniors who are weighing their options. Coaches want their players to have a good career (and life) but they WOULD like to have them for one more year. I figure the juniors high in the draft are as good as gone. Those would be Erick Fedde (first round), Michael Cederoth (third), and Jordan Luplow (third). San Diego State's Greg Allen (sixth) is not far behind and I think he'll sign also. I had John Richy on this short list but he has signed in the last day or two.

Erick Fedde is a good point for discussion. He's worth the first round pick and the two to three million bonus he'll get. Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State) was taken two picks below Fedde and he signed for a bonus of $2.03M. However, Fedde will be unavailable for about a year as he recently had Tommy John surgery. I'm sure that will be a bargaining point. I'm actually thinking he may very well return to UNLV as he may feel that there's some unfinished business he has to tend to. Keep an eye on that pick.

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