Draft Day is Fast Approaching

Pensacola, Florida Tate High School's Jet Butler, a Mississippi State baseball signee, is receiving significant interest from Major League Baseball scouts. And the Major League Baseball Draft is fast approaching. Due to that, the Butler family will have a decision to make: College or Pro?

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"He has had a lot of interest (from pro scouts). He's had in-home visits. He's receiving calls from different teams," said Skip Butler, Jet's dad. "Now that it's getting closer to the draft, more of them are calling back. He's been invited to some pre-draft workouts. We went to one and we may go to another one."

As for where Jet may go in the draft, Skip's not really sure about that.

"His round status varies from club to club. It's pretty wide. And nobody is going to know until the bell rings," he said. "Signability is a big issue and what (the pros) are concerned about."

In their most recent top 400 high school players list (Feb. 1st), ProspectsPlus has Jet rated the 147th best player in the nation. Add in college players eligible for the draft and that should put him in the 10th to 15th round range.

We know the Butler's thoughts about the pros. What are their thoughts about playing college ball?

"What I can tell you is nothing has changed as far as his outlook is concerned. Nothing has changed since he committed to play at Mississippi State. Sure, his ultimate goal is to play in the big leagues, just like most kids, but he is just as excited about playing with Mississippi State as he was when he signed with them," said Skip. "Jet still feels like the best place in the country to play college baseball is Mississippi State University, without a doubt. I understand, to this point, the season didn't go as well as Bulldog fans would have liked for it to go, but he is still just as excited about Mississippi State baseball as he was when he signed. In fact, he's pulling for them to get a (NCAA) berth and finish strong."

While most prospects and their families will be watching the draft on the internet or by any other means possible, the Butler's have a small dilemma due to the draft being on June 7th and 8th.

"We are trying to figure out what we are going to do that day. We are going to be listening, but our daughter, Charity, just signed a professional contract with a team in the professional softball league," said Skip. "She's playing with the Michigan Ice. Their first game is June 7th in Houston. It's a night game. And the draft starts at noon and probably lasts 6 or 7 hours the first day."

One pro in the family already. Will another one be making the same choice this summer or three summers down the road? Keep it on Scout.com to find out.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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