It says a lot for the recruiting skills of college baseball coaches by how many of their verbal commitments get chosen in the June amateur draft. Michigan State's Jake Boss had two incoming freshmen chosen and he is expected to at least lose catcher Jonah Heim of Amherst, New York, to a pro contract. Heim was chosen in the fourth round by the Baltimore Orioles and with a reported money offer near $400,000 Heim is likely to pass on a college career in East Lansing.
If high school seniors don't sign before college begins they must stay three years in college and cannot sign until after their natural junior season. It's a tough call for those drafted in the second portion of the 40-round draft. Better to play college baseball or better to sign now? In Heim's case, he is a prime prospect and MSU would have been much better off having him. The travails of college coaches trying to keep their players away from the pros.