BearTerritory has learned exclusively that the No. 32 prospect headed into the start of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft -- Napa (Calif.) Vintage right-hander Jared Horn -- will not turn pro, and will instead stay true to his National Letter of Intent and attend Cal in the fall.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1610962-cal-baseball-signs... "I'm not pursuing the draft anymore," Horn said in response to a text on Thursday night. "I'm excited to attend Cal in the fall."
A source close to the Horn family had said that the signing bonus offer from a Major League team would have to be "life-changing" in order for Horn to eschew his commitment to the Bears.
"It was gonna be a very unique situation to pass up my offer from Cal," Horn said.
Horn hit 97 mph with his fastball this spring, sits regularly from 92-94, and has been committed to the Bears since November of 2013. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he's a prototypical right-handed power pitcher with a broad frame and developing off-speed pitches. He was a three-year starter for the Crushers at quarterback (an all-league player at that position), and was an all-league punter. He is a former teammate of Aaron Shortridge, who just completed his freshman season in Berkeley. He will not turn 18 until July, which means that, unlike catcher Brett Cumberland, Cal will have him for at least three years.
The best direct comparison for Bears fans is Erik Johnson, the burly righty who helped guide Cal to the 2011 College World Series.
What's the impact? Last year, the Bears had a commitment from Mike Soroka, who wound up going 28th overall to the Atlanta Braves. He's now in high Class A, with a 2.49 ERA in 11 starts. Getting Horn is like getting Soroka to come to school.