"The Marlins have me protected right now (due to the draft-and-follow rule). I am going to Meridian (today) and they are going to make their (financial) offer either (tonight) or Wednesday," said Jared. "I'm sure the money will be the deal for me. Right now, it's 50/50 college or pro. I just have to set a (financial) bar. If they don't meet it, I won't go. If they do, then I might go that route."
He'll have to make a quick decision, though, because, the draft-and-follow rule prohibits a team that drafts a player from negotiating with that player the one week prior to the upcoming draft (this year's is June 7th-8th), a week that is called the "closed period". So, if Jared turns the Marlins' offer down, there probably won't be time for the Marlins to make another offer. If that happens, then he will be able to go through the draft again. And a few pro teams have been watching him just in case this scenario occurs.
"I know there have been a few other teams that have come to see me play, but they can't talk to me (due to the draft-and-follow rule)," said Jared. "At the (junior college) state tournament people in the dugout said when I threw my first few pitches they counted 13 guns."
There is a reason so many pro scouts had their guns focused on Jared that day.
"This year, I was probably consistently (throwing) from 87 to 92. 92 to 93 was where I topped out this year," said Jared, who didn't pitch his freshman year at Itawamba due to Tommy John surgery. "I was second in the state (in the junior colleges) in strikeouts this year. My slider was my out pitch."
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