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9 Major League Baseball 2013 draft hopefuls from Utah likely to hear their names called

Published: Thursday, June 6 2013 12:01 p.m. MDT

Just because Utah doesn't have a Major League Baseball franchise doesn't mean the Beehive State doesn't have aspiring sluggers.

Unlike the drafts for the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLS, Major League Baseball holds its draft midseason. And also unlike the draftees of other leagues, many MLB draftees come straight out of high school, though in recent years, an increasing number have come from the college baseball ranks. Because of the obscurity of MLB draftees, the draft receives significantly less media coverage than other American professional sports drafts.

The MLB draft also differs from other professional drafts by size. The NFL draft, the second-largest professional sports draft, has seven rounds and 256 picks. By contrast, the MLB draft has 40 rounds and 1,200 picks — plus compensatory picks if owned.

Because of the size of the draft, and the value of professional contracts offered to draftees — miniscule compared to other professional sports draft contracts — many draftees, particularly high school players, refuse to sign a draft contract, opting for college first. College players, however, will sign contracts if they intend to make a run at the majors.

Very few players drafted over the next few days will be playing on a major league diamond in the near future, if at all. Yet being drafted does give a player the opportunity, if successful at lower-level pro ball, to achieve stardom.

Who in Utah is on the radar of major league teams? Here are nine players likely to hear their names called in the 2013 MLB draft this weekend.

Chris Conran is a baseball player for Utah Valley University, Major League Baseball draft enthusiast and Deseret News contributor. Follow him on Twitter.com/chrisconran.

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DRay
Roy, UT

Jaycob Brugman was wise, I feel, and Hanneman would do well to take heed as to Brugman's path of working on game while attending Y, making progress on a Diploma while maturing in a much better environment at Y than minor league travel would afford.

Westside Bulldog
Provo, UT

Take the money!

There is nothing wrong with maturing and working on your game in the pros. The environment of minor league ball will be different, but it doesn't mean it's worse.

Had Brugman been given a large enough paycheck he would have already left and been in the pros! The boys can always come back and get a diploma. You only have a short time frame to take advantage of your athletic prowess.

Hanneman will do what's best for him. But if I was his coach, or his father I'd tell him to get the most that he can and take your chances in the minors.

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

Too bad the minors don't pay very well. Ultimately that is what makes these decisions so difficult. You get a pittance of a salary with no gaurantee to make it to the bigs where the real money is. That is not to say that I am of the opinion that you shouldn't take a shot, I merely believe that unless you can get drafted high with a big signing bonus, the lack of money in the minors makes for a more difficult decision when there are other attractive options available - like receiving a good education that has a better statistical chance at providing a more solid future.

Kiboo
South Jordan, Utah

Correct me if I am wrong but I believe all minor league contracts put money aside for an athlete to return to / complete college when his professional days are over.

The early money comes from the signing bonus. A minor league athlete, at the lowest level, makes $1,100 or so a month at best - hardly enough to live on.

Good luck to all of these kids.

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