PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — According to a report, one of the top prospects for the MLB Draft is telling the Pirates not to draft him.
General manager Neal Huntington and Pirates Scouting Director Greg Smith are traveling the country getting a final look at the top prospects for June’s MLB Draft.
The Pirates have the top pick and are reportedly looking at Rice 3B Anthony Rendon, UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole, Virgina LHP Danny Hultzen, HS OF Bubba Starling and HS RHP Dylan Bundy.
According to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, Bundy has told several teams including the Pirates that he’d prefer to not be drafted by them.
Passan also says that Bundy believes in his long-toss program and doesn’t want teams to try to change his way of preparing for games.
Pittsburgh expressed interest in Bundy and the 18-year-old’s representatives said they’re asking for a six-year, $30MM draft bonus – roughly twice the current record – to scare teams off.
Other MLB Draft News:
*ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Huntington has personally scouted Rendon three times in the past seven days.
*Olney also says this about Rendon: “Some executives are wondering if Rendon’s best position will ultimately be second base.”
*John Perrotto of Inside Pittsburgh Sports.com, strongly believes that the Pirates will end up drafting Hultzen. Perrotto lists smaller contract and ability to reach majors