Yesterday, South Carolina won their Super Regional matchup against UConn and earned a return trip to the College World Series to defend their National Title. And in a roundabout way, this could make it less likely that the Rays sign their top draft pick, Taylor Guerrieri.
Last week, the Rays took Guerrieri with their first pick in the draft (#24 overall). When he finally spoke with the media late last week, Guerrieri, who is committed to play college baseball at USC, reaffirmed his committment to playing college baseball.
But this isn’t your typical college committment. Guerrieri is, in his own words, a “huge Gamecocks fan.” And as we learned recently, Guerrieri moved closer to the USC campus his senior year. So there is a good chance he is experiencing this College World Series run first-hand.
Of course, that may mean little if the Rays offer Guerrieri a check for $2 million.
On the other hand, what if Guerrieri doesn’t need the money? Now, we don’t know the Guerrieri family’s situation. But all the reports we have read suggests that the family is not struggling to pay the bills.
If you are an 18-year old kid with a questionable past, what do you do? Do you take the $2 million and ride the buses away from home for the next four or five years? Or do you see how much fun the Gamecocks are having right now and decide to stay home under the watchful eye of your parents?
We hope this kid gets signed and adds to an already deep farm system. But in the end, we just don’t get the impression that Guerrieri is ready to be a professional baseball player.