Top Prospect Tells Pirates Not To Draft Him

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, strongly believes that the Pirates will end up drafting Hultzen. Perrotto lists smaller contract and ability to reach majors

  • Charles

    Who said athletes aren’t smart. This one obviously is…

    • Dave from Deep Creek Lake

      Totally off base Charles. Who could endorse an 18 year old with the demands of this nature?

      • No Pirate Fan

        I think the demands were to discourage the Pirates to even think of him. Why would the Pirates pay for a good player? Then, they won’t have any money to put in their pockets.

  • Dave from Deep Creek Lake

    It would be a credit to the Game of Baseball if in these situations ALL teams would pass on this kid and let him get a job and work for a living. This is a big part of what is wrong with pro sports! In NO situation should the applicant dictacte ANYTHING to the EMPLOYER!

    I truly hope this kid fails in baseball myserably!

  • Mr.Jones

    Either of the other pitchers listed would be great and ready to play sooner,anyway.

  • Charles

    I’m not off base at all. I read the article and get where this guy is coming from. He simply doesn’t want to come to a perpetual losing organization like Pittsburgh. He is more than likely aware of the past 19 seasons or so and sees the writing on the wall. Without new ownership, things won’t change. That being said, the Pirate owners are business people and only care about the bottom line. From that prospective they are great business people but should practice it outside of sports.

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