Scott, who was drafted in the 14th round, was wanting Top 5 round money. It is practically unheard of for a player drafted this low to actually receive Top 5 round money, but Van Slyke was able to capitalize on the Dodgers inability to sign several of their higher draft picks.
The following information was revealed during our interview
Van Slyke father, Andy Van Slyke:
Are the reports correct
that Scott signed with the Dodgers? "Yes he did. He officially signed with
LA on Friday morning."
What was the determining factor in opting for
the pros instead of Ole Miss? "His original intent was to always sign if
he was drafted high enough. It looked like he was going to go to Ole Miss because
he was drafted in the 14th round, but the Dodgers offer was just too good. They
are going to give him $10,000 a semester for 8 semesters when he decides to go
back to school, and they are giving him a signing bonus that is comparable for
someone who goes in the upper 3rd round. He will also get a bonus every time he
moves up. We both felt this was the best way to get to the big leagues as soon
Which class will he start with for the Dodgers? "He
will be playing in the Rookie league at Vero Beach (FL)."
you notify Ole Miss of your decision? "I think Scott talked to Coach Bianco
on either Thursday or Friday. He wanted to make sure he signed before he let them
know. To be honest, we thought he was going to Ole Miss for sure, and we looked
forward to it. But, the Dodgers made a surprise move and offered him what we wanted.
I thought Ole Miss was going to be the perfect for Scott. Their coaches, facilities,
just their whole program and the level of passion for Ole Miss baseball right
now is unheard of. There is no other school like Ole Miss. It is hard to find
that passion on the college level that the Ole Miss people have. We were excited
about being a part of it, but the reality is this is the fastest track to see
if he can hit with a wooden bat and play on the processional level. That was a
big part of our decision. The aluminum bat issue was a huge sticking point. That
aluminum bat is killing the college game. Scott could have had three great years
at Ole Miss, but that does not mean anything if you can not hit with a wooden
bat. The sooner we can see if he can hit with a wooden bat in his hands, the sooner
we will know if he can make it in the league."
Is it unusual for a
14th round pick to get Top 3 round money? "Yes, real unusual. It really is.
The Dodgers had a big budget going into the draft, and then they had some of their
top picks not sign, so that left them a lot of money to spend on their lower picks.
Fortunately for us, we were the beneficiaries. Part of me is disappointed that
he is not coming to Ole Miss. I would have gotten to see him play a whole lot
more, but here we are."
Stuns Ole Miss and signs with the Dodgers
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