The following is a commentary blog from FOX6 Sports Director Rick Karle:
Are you like me? When the NFL Draft takes place, you are all ears. When The NBA Draft is held, you're listening. But the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft? Let me guess: When that event arrives, you'd rather be watching Game Of Thrones.
But while the amateur baseball draft doesn't get many looks (unless your child is awaiting a call or you're a huge fan of say, the Atlanta Braves), the next several days will set the life paths of hundreds of the best baseball players in America. College and high school baseball players will await the call starting Monday night, and over the next few days, we will find out what teenagers and twenty-somethings may be saying "goodbye" to amateur play and turning pro, heading out on (what they hope is a short) minor league career.
The first round and supplemental round of the MLB Amateur Draft will he held Monday night- that means many college teams you have come to know may be taking on a new look come next spring, At Alabama, Mitch Gaspard may be losing the likes of Mikey White, Taylor Guilbeau, Casey Hughston, Kyle Overstreet, Ray Castillo, Georgie Salem, Will Carter, Mitch Grier and Will Haynie. While Guilbeau is a senior and thus headed out anyway, players such as White and Salem will soon have to decide if they will turn pro or return to Tuscaloosa next season. A few of the deciding factors? The team that drafts them and of course the amount of signing bonus money they are offered.
It's the same deal with Auburn as coach Golloway will see the likes of Trey Wingenter, Rocky McCord, Justin Lamp, Cody Nulph and Sam Gillikin get calls. And how about the area high school kids? How would you like to be a teenaged kid awaiting a call from say, the New York Yankees? That there would be a mind-blower, my friend. Among the local high schoolers who may be drafted: Chandler Taylor of ACA, Brock Love of Southside-Gadsden, Hunter Stovall of Pelham, Caleb Gilbert of Hoover, Casey Mize of Springville, Sam Finnerty of Pelham and Jack McPherson of Mountain Brook (to name a few).
So take a few minutes to glimpse at the MLB Amateur Draft, as we may have another Desmond Jennings on our hands. The former star out of Pinson Valley signed with the Alabama football team only to opt for a minor league career. Today the young man is one of the bright young outfielders in the Bigs, a star in his own right for the Tampa Bay Rays. Yep, a sure-fire football recruit headed to the diamond instead of the Capstone. I think you will agree with me that Desmond made the right choice.
Stay with me on Twitter and Facebook and I'll keep you up to date on the MLB Amateur Draft and good luck to all!