The Pirates took a huge risk drafting Bell, with huge upside if he signs.

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a huge splash in the second round for the second year in a row, selecting outfielder Josh Bell with the 61st overall pick.  Bell was rated the 15th best prospect by Baseball America, but fell to the second round.  The reason he fell is because he sent a letter to all of the teams telling them not to draft him.  He insists that he is honoring his commitment to the University of Texas.  However, he is being advised by Scott Boras, which raises questions about his true intentions.  That's especially the case when considering that we’re getting the usual “signability” lines, such as "a college education is important to his family", and "his mother is a professor".  There is some speculation...

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