As draft's second day played out, signee Steven Duggar made decision for Clemson

Byrnes High star earned all-state honors as centerfielder, batted .444 as senior

Byrnes High's Steven Duggar (Spartanburg Herald-Journal photo)

Byrnes High's Steven Duggar (Spartanburg Herald-Journal photo)

Steven Duggar fully believes he’ll be selected in the Major League draft. But he’s fine with waiting a little while first.

The Byrnes product said Tuesday that he’ll play for Clemson next season instead of pursuing a professional career via MLB’s first-year player draft.

Duggar said on Monday that he was projected to be picked anywhere between the second and fifth rounds, most likely by Houston or Kansas City. The Astros expressed interest in taking him at the No. 61 pick, first in the second round, while the Royals toyed with the idea of using the 66th pick. But he said plans changed as the draft played out on Tuesday.

“Once I found out that I wasn’t selected past the sixth round, I decided to go to Clemson,” Duggar said.

While monetary gain figured into Duggar’s decision, he added that the desire to play at Clemson also carried heavy weight. His former Byrnes’ teammate and friend, Daniel Gossett, just completed his freshman season with the Tigers. Rising Rebels’ senior Reed Rohlman also is a Clemson commitment.

Duggar, a South Carolina select all-star and all-state center fielder, batted .444 with two home runs, 20 RBIs and 37 runs scored this past season. He is listed as the fifth overall prospect in the state by Baseball America.

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Terri (Inactive) writes:

It doesn't seem quite fair to the colleges that a player can size up the Duggar has..and decide to go to college if the draft doesn't go as hoped. I don't blame Duggar, I would do the same.
But it seems that if a player elects to go college out of HS, he may should be compelled to wait another three drafts to go pro. That would give colleges three seasons of play in exchange for their investment in the player.

As it is now, the player now can elect to go next year and the college would be left with a void and a lot of invested time and money with the dividends being reaped by the pros(and the player).

The changes in the bonus structure will probably have an effect on this, though.

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