I have been in Jackson most of the day, so I’m just getting caught up on the draft news.
I see that Sikes Orvis went in the 17th round to the White Sox, Brady Bramlett in the 22nd to the A’s and Christian Trent in the 24th to the Brewers.
It would be a huge launching point for Ole Miss if Bramlett and Trent both return to give the Rebels two-thirds of their weekend rotation back for 2016.
Drafted where they were they won’t receive astronomical signing bonuses.
Clearly both could better themselves by returning and pitching well next season. However, sometimes guys are just ready to move on regardless of what they might have accomplished or might be able to improve upon.
I don’t know what Trent is thinking or what he will decide. Same with Bramlett. His academic pursuits – a double major in biology and secondary education – plus his unique position with the NCAA’s national student advisory committee would seem to be enticements to return.
Here’s what Bramlett had to say regarding whether he’s leaning to leaving or coming back:
“That’s something I’ll sit down and discuss with my family. They haven’t made me an offer yet. And I love Ole Miss. I have great things going on with Ole Miss. I love Coach Bianco and the program he runs. I would hate to leave, but it’s just something I have to discuss with my family whenever the time comes.”
“Honestly, right now I could – I know it’s not good material for an interview – but I could not tell you. I could not be any more down the middle, because they didn’t tell me anything. They didn’t tell me money. They’re not telling me anything like that yet. Obviously, I love Ole Miss. It’s hard either way. It would be really hard not to come back to school, but I just want to see what will happen and take it from there. I should have a better understanding. I’ll talk to my family and have a decision later tonight.”
As far as signees, I’ve seen juco pitcher Chad Smith went in the 23rd round to the Indians, high school pitcher-infielder Andy Pagnozzi in the 36th round to the Rockies.
Looks like Mike Bianco was able to navigate those waters pretty well. Again, it’s wait and see.
In non-draft news …
I spent three hours today with Rick Cleveland at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Lots of good stuff there, and I’ll have a feature coming up in the Journal.