Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I’ll be here ‘til the end of time
So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
That 1981 punk rock hit by The Clash could serve as the theme song for the Major League Draft from now until the end of time.
It’s a decision that any draftee with college eligibility still left in his pocket must consider. Do I stay in school or do I go pro? Just the very possibility of continuing to extend one’s college career gives the ballplayer a bit of leverage in the negotiating process.
“I know we’ve got several guys scouts are paying pretty good attention to,” McLennan baseball coach Mitch Thompson said. “Whether they’ll go pro eventually and decide to sign or not I don’t know. But we’ve got about five or six guys getting attention.”
For MCC, the top prospect is freshman catcher Josh Breaux. Baseball America recently put together a list of the top draft prospects from Texas and ranked Breaux as the No. 26 prospect in the group and 301st nationally.
The 6-foot-1 slugger out of Tomball turned in a prolific debut season, compiling a .400 batting average with a team-best 19 home runs and 82 RBIs.
“Our most high-profile guy is definitely Josh Breaux. He’s really jumped into the fray, and his tools are off the chart,” Thompson said. “He may or may not take the money, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t get drafted. He may be a year away from hitting on it pretty good.”
Baylor also has player who likely will have a stay-or-stray decision in his future in right-handed pitcher Montana Parsons. In his first year for the Bears after transferring from San Jacinto College, Parsons picked up a 5-4 record with a 3.06 ERA, 71 strikeouts and 36 walks in 88.1 innings.
The 6-foot-3 hurler averages 91 to 94 mph with his fastball, but his top weapon may be a dancing changeup.
“I think Montana will probably be our highest pick, but where he gets picked just depends on if the scouts expect that he’ll sign,” Baylor coach Steve Rodriguez said.
Baylor senior first baseman Aaron Dodson figures to get drafted as well. Coming off a bust-out senior year, Dodson is 6-foot-5 and rangy at first base and is equipped to hit the ball to all fields.
“Aaron Dodson has been getting a lot of inquiries from scouts,” Rodriguez said. “He’s a smart kid, and he understands that it’s a difficult decision. In terms of the draft, he’ll just have to weigh his options with the plans he has going with his future job opportunities.”
Other potential draftees for the Bears include fourth-year junior outfielder Kameron Esthay, who hit nine home runs this season and like Dodson displayed strong pop to all fields, and junior pitcher Troy Montemayor.
Across town at MCC, Thompson said he thinks that third baseman Brendan Venter, catcher Nic Motley, outfielder Chris Roller and outfielder Joe Breaux, Josh’s older brother, could all get a draft call this week.
In last year’s draft, MCC had two players selected, catcher Cory Voss and outfielder Dimas Ojeda, and Thompson said that is something that recruits keep track of and remember.
“No doubt, one of the things we sell hard is where a guy was drafted before he got to us and then after he came to us,” Thompson said. “We’re selling a dream.”
Another player with Central Texas ties who should attract the attention of some Major League team is LSU senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, a former Super Centex star at Midway. The Cleveland Indians selected Robertson in the 32nd round in 2016, but he opted to return to school for his senior year.
The first two rounds of the MLB Draft will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, with television coverage on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 follow on Tuesday, while rounds 11-40 unfold on Wednesday. The final two days will feature coverage on MLB.com.