Let's take a look at two prep players from the 2008 draft:
Player A - 4.95 ERA in 132.2 career innings. 5.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9 ratios.
Player B - 4.14 ERA in 215.1 career innings. 6.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9 ratios.
Player A - 27.00 ERA in 3.1 innings. 8.1 K/9, 5.4 BB/9, 0.0 HR/9 ratios.
Player B - 2.55 ERA in 49.1 innings. 8.9 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9 ratios.
In each case, Player B has been better statistically. Player A is Quinton Miller, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2008 draft. Miller was signed for $900,000, breaking a commitment to UNC. Player B is Drew Gagnon, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round of the 2008 draft. Gagnon didn't sign, and instead went to Long Beach State University. Heading in to this season he was the 49th best prospect in the 2011 draft, according to Baseball America.
I've been asked a lot lately about how the over-slot prep pitchers have worked out so...
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