June 7, 2012 12:01:23 AM
STARKVILLE - Two Mississippi State baseball signees were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.
Three picks after Nick Routt was selected Wednesday, Lafayette High School infielder William DuPont out of Wildwood, Mo., was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round. DuPont committed to MSU last July after his official visit and, due to the new MLB collective bargaining agreement, has a solid chance to enroll in school this fall.
"(The draft) unfolded actually the way we thought it would as a coaching staff," Cohen said. "We feel very good about the position we're in with both of our drafted signees but more importantly we feel good about the position they're in to make an informed decision."
Prospects selected after the 10th round will not count against that pool unless they receive a signing bonus greater of $100,000.
This rule adjustment was created in order to limit the big market organizations from being able to draft a high school prospect in the later rounds but offer him a bonus to essentially buy their way out his signed National Letter-of-Intent with a university.
"In my 16 years of experience evaluating talent and signing kids to professional contracts, this issue of spending way over slot was becoming crazy," Colorado Rockies scout Damon Iannelli said. "I never understood having to buy a kid away from what he really wanted to do."
The draft bonus pools will be relegated by a tax system that potentially penalizes franchises greatly for going over the dollar allotment. Under the current agreement that runs through 2016, if a club spends over the pool allotment by 0-5 percent then they will be taxed 75% tax on that overage. Any overspending by 5-10 percent causes a 75 percent tax on the overage and a loss of 1st round pick. Any spending over 10-15 percent results in a 100 percent tax on overage and loss of 1st and 2nd round picks. Finally, spending over 15 percent will mean a 100 percent tax on overage and loss of 1st round picks in next two drafts.
DuPont, a speedy left-handed hitter who was recruited as a middle infielder, picked MSU over scholarship offers from Wichita State, Missouri and Oklahoma. The 18-year-old made unofficial visits to Wichita State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State before coming to his decision.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch first-team All-Metro selection as a junior this spring while batting .528 with nine doubles, two triples, six home runs, 35 RBIs, 41 runs scored, 25 stolen bases and posted a .600 on-base percentage.
DuPont hit .300 (24-for-80) with 10 extra-base hits, 17 RBIs, 25 runs scored, 15 stolen bases and a .398 obp as a freshman and batted .235 (4-for-17) with one double, two RBIs, four runs scored, eight steals and a .435 obp during a sophomore season shortened by a hamstring injury.
Canadian high school outfielder and MSU signee Jacob Robson was drafted in the 30th round, 915th overall, by the San Diego Padres. Robson played on the Canadian Junior National Team and led the team in hitting with a .500 batting average, three doubles, five walks, five stolen bases, and seven RBI in 10 games. Scouts have considered the
5-foot-10, 175-pound outfielder one of the top players in Canada's class of due to his speed and defensive ability.
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