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MLB.com just released their top 50 draft prospects list and Kohl came in at #6.
Even though he's stressed his desire to play football, it's really going to be tough to pass on that kind of money/opportunity.
He's not going top10 anymore because of his low signability with MLB...he's coming to Aggieland fellas its time to accept it. Gigs
His family is well-off right? I think that's what it comes down to... tough to pass on the money (although its not what it used to be with the MLB salary structure)... but also tough to pass up on college
college was really fun
The only way I really see this happening is if he doesn't like baseball. Maybe he's good at it, but he's never really liked it. Either way, I'm happy for the kid and if he goes pro in baseball I wish him the best.
How does his situation compare to Bubba Starling? He was still a top ten pick eventhough he was pretty dead set on being a QB in CFB.
I dated a girl whose brother was deciding between going to the MLB vs. college to play first. He chose college for the experience and education. Pitches at LSU now.
The Starling situation differs quite a bit from Kohl's.
First, Starling was seeking "advice" from Scott Boras his senior year, showing that he could be had for the right price. As a result, the Royals went WAY over slot for the number five pick and gave Starling the second highest bonus in draft history (7.5 million). Due to the new signing bonus rules, Kohl won't sniff that number. Say he goes sixth...that slot was valued at 0.45 the number one pick value last year at 3.25 million. I don't know what number would send him over the edge, but he'd have to go top 3 to get a huge (5mm+) bonus and not cripple a teams signing bonus pool.
Also, Starling's skill set was much more rare in a prospect than Kohl's is. Starling was viewed as a true five-tool prospect; whereas Kohl is a big, projectable righty that can chuck it.
As far as personally, I have no idea what Starling's situation was, but I'd venture to say that it was, at least, somewhat different from Kohl's. Monetarily, the Stewarts are just fine, meaning the money isn't the issue it is for many. Also, it appears the Stewarts are a pretty redass family that value a Texas A&M experience/diploma much more so than another family in a similar situation. I can't say for certain, but I doubt the Starling family was as tied to Nebraska as the Stewarts are to A&M.
A lot of it depends on his agents/advisors..I repped James Loney, Brent Clevlen and some other guys..so what his agent tells the teams is what will really determine where he goes and if he signs.
Impressive! I had no idea he was THAT highly rated... Talk about spoiled for choice.
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