May
28

2011 Draft: Bell doesn’t want to sign, Stilson hurt

By

Via Conor Glassey, high school outfielder Josh Bell has informed the Major League Scouting Bureau that he doesn’t intend to turn pro this summer and will instead follow through on his commitment to Texas. I wrote about Bell as a potential signability guy back in March, and this obviously plays right into that. He is considered one of, if not the top prep bat available after a big spring, though the Scott Boras client is primed to fall now. Some team will grab him late and throw a bunch of money at him anyway, maybe even the Yankees.

Meanwhile, Jim Callis reports that Texas A&M righty Josh Stilson will miss the rest of the season and may need surgery after suffering a SLAP tear in his shoulder. He was expected to go in the first round, but that’s not going to happen now. Callis makes note of Stilson’s insane workload, and let’s not forget that Barret Loux (another Texas A&M pitcher) had arm issues last year. So, what’s going on with the Aggies?

Categories : Asides, Draft
  • Gonzo

    Poor Stilson. This gonna cost him.

    Josh Bell would be a great sign if he is open to the $. He might have the best HS bat in the draft.

  • http://www.retire21.com first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21

    The aggies apparently bought the “Nolan Ryan pitching approach” series of dvd’s.

  • Andrew Brotherton

    I think I’d take Stilson and Bell and take our chances. I think if you threw enough coin at Bell you might could get him to change his mind.

    • Gonzo

      Labrum dude.

  • Ted Nelson

    Bell could definitely be interesting… perhaps he’s serious, but sort of half expected this with Boras advising him. If he gets a top 5, top 10 bonus you have to figure he’s not going to college. Pocket the money and go to college when you retire.

  • IB6 UB9

    Reading all these draft previews is like looking at a Victoria’s Secret catalog right before you go on a date with the plain-looking girl who doesn’t mind being taken to Denny’s. Sure she’s a bit better looking once you get to know her but its made worse when the guys you hate are springing for surf-and-turf and bringing home sexy ladies.

    I’m ok with the pick now but when all those names dropped and slot-money Culver was the pick I felt bewildered and nauseated.

  • IB6 UB9

    Reading all these draft previews is like looking at a Victoria’s Secret catalog right before you go on a date with the plain-looking girl who doesn’t mind being taken to Denny’s. Sure she’s a bit better looking once you get to know her but its made worse when the guys you hate are springing for surf-and-turf and bringing home pretty ladies.

    I’m ok with the pick now but when all those names dropped and slot-money Culver was the pick I felt bewildered and nauseated.