The MLB Draft isn't just about building the future of the 30 professional teams.
To a certain degree, the futures of each Mountain West program are at stake, as well. A fair number of recruits from the incoming Class of 2015 had their name called during the three-day affair, including four within the first dozen rounds. Like junior athletes within the college ranks, all of these players now have a tough decision to make: Do you chase the professional dream now or fulfill a college commitment? (Note: This may not be a complete list, though it is compiled with the assistance of Perfect Game)
|Player Name||Position||College Commitment||MLB Team||Round (Pick #)|
|James Terrell III||OF||Fresno State||Oakland Athletics||11 (338)|
|Ruben Cardenas||CF||Nevada||Miami Marlins||37 (1,106)|
|Donnie Sands||3B/SS||New Mexico||New York Yankees||8 (243)|
|Jonas Wyatt||RHP||San Diego State||Cleveland Indians||6 (184)|
|Shane Potter||1B||San Diego State||Tampa Bay Rays||29 (868)|
|Gilbert Suarez||RHP||San Diego State||Atlanta Braves||18 (540)|
|Imani Abdullah||RHP||San Diego State||Los Angeles Dodgers||11 (342)|
|Jordan Verdon||3B||San Diego State||New York Mets||24 (719)|
|Samuel Pastrone||RHP||UNLV||Los Angeles Angels||17 (525)|
The negotiations between player and team will be worth watching for nearly every team in the conference in the coming weeks, with the deadline coming in mid-July.