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    What are the rule(s) concerning a baseball player going pro? Can they go any year

    like basketball, or do they have to wait 3 years like football?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MVT View Post
    like basketball, or do they have to wait 3 years like football?

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    Some guys get drafted and sign right after high school.

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    Players at four-year colleges are eligible after completing their junior year, or after their 21st birthday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberb7 View Post
    Players at four-year colleges are eligible after completing their junior year, or after their 21st birthday.
    They also don't need to declare for the draft. Everyone that is eligible can be drafted, and then decide if they will turn pro or go back to school. Regarding high-profile guys in the first 5-10 rounds, this can stretch on for a lot of the summer before a final decision is made.

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    So Lagunis could get drafted and sign next February when he turns 21? Hopefully he stays. Biggest concern are the pitchers, though - Campbell, Burke, and Markey. Don't think they will be drafted that high, but they could go pro anyway. If they stay (and hopefully improve some) VT should have a decent pitching staff next year. Next year will be a rebuilding year, but there is a decent nucleus to build around.

    Quote Originally Posted by roberb7 View Post
    Players at four-year colleges are eligible after completing their junior year, or after their 21st birthday.

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    The draft is in June, so he isn't eligible for the draft, not this June, to sign in February, if that is when he turns 21. When you hit the 4 yr D-1, school, you are not eligible until you are 3 years removed from high school. The draft date, being in June, basically nullifies that 21 year old age issue for college players.

    The only exception are internantional players not playing college baseball. The next Fernando'mania screw ball sensation pitcher can be signed at any time, if he hasn't played college ball, but the MLB collective bargaining agreement, with the union, prevents players being signed without being draftable.

    Of the underclass, those with eligbility left, just going by jersey number - Pinder, Burke, Horan, Markey - 1 of them may be back, but I wouldn't count on it. I don't think an extra year does them any good, in terms of draft status.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MVT View Post
    So Lagunis could get drafted and sign next February when he turns 21? Hopefully he stays. Biggest concern are the pitchers, though - Campbell, Burke, and Markey. Don't think they will be drafted that high, but they could go pro anyway. If they stay (and hopefully improve some) VT should have a decent pitching staff next year. Next year will be a rebuilding year, but there is a decent nucleus to build around.
    Burke is out of eligibility after transferring within the ACC (from Duke) he lost a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by just2selltickets View Post
    The draft is in June, so he isn't eligible for the draft, not this June, to sign in February, if that is when he turns 21. When you hit the 4 yr D-1, school, you are not eligible until you are 3 years removed from high school. The draft date, being in June, basically nullifies that 21 year old age issue for college players.

    The only exception are internantional players not playing college baseball. The next Fernando'mania screw ball sensation pitcher can be signed at any time, if he hasn't played college ball, but the MLB collective bargaining agreement, with the union, prevents players being signed without being draftable.

    Of the underclass, those with eligbility left, just going by jersey number - Pinder, Burke, Horan, Markey - 1 of them may be back, but I wouldn't count on it. I don't think an extra year does them any good, in terms of draft status.
    I think Markey will come back

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by MVT View Post
    like basketball, or do they have to wait 3 years like football?

    TIA
    In simple terms,

    1) They can get drafted out of high school.

    2) If they go to a 4 year college, they can get drafted after 3 years. Or after they turn 21.

    3) If they go to a junior college they can get drafted each year.

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