blueboy22
After being drafted in the 3rd round by the Yankees yesterday, and under "advisement" of the Yankees, Mikolas did not play in either of Bradford's sectional games and will not play for them in the state tournament next week.

"There's a risk of injury" Mikolas said. "I really hope people understand. The Yankees have a lot invested in me. They have advised me not to play." - from the Kenosha News.

I understand the timing of the MLB draft plays a huge role in this, but this seems to be a little too much. To walk away from your team, or to be even asked or expected to do so, in the final games of your high school career is baffling to me.


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I don't blame Mikolas at all. I'm sure it was a hard decision, but when you have an employer writing you a six-figure signing bonus, they have a right to dictate some terms to you. Heck, my employer writes itty-bitty checks to me and they still get a say in certain aspects of my life.
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Obviously, the Yankees have to protect their investment, but this is baseball, not MMA.
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I do think it's a huge double standard between how they treat a high school kid and how they treat college kids. Have any college draftees been pulled out of the NCAA Tournament?
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Excellent point, hoop. I don't think so.
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DB wrote:
Obviously, the Yankees have to protect their investment, but this is baseball, not MMA.

Let me preface this by saying I don't know the kid or his situation whatsoever. With that said, if you are Mikolas do you risk losing a six-figure signing bonus if you blow out an elbow or shoulder pitching st Sectionals? I know I would LOVE a teammate that would be willing to, but I would also understand if he chose not to.
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Bump...

Did the kid get hurt? He doesn't have any 2013 stats for the 2013 season on MILB or Baseball-Reference...
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newmen wrote:
Bump...

Did the kid get hurt? He doesn't have any 2013 stats for the 2013 season on MILB or Baseball-Reference...


If he's still in the Gulf Coast League like he was last year their season doesn't start until 21st of June as far as I can tell. http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_sch&cid=475&y=2013
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iwishiwasaballer wrote:
newmen wrote:
Bump...

Did the kid get hurt? He doesn't have any 2013 stats for the 2013 season on MILB or Baseball-Reference...


If he's still in the Gulf Coast League like he was last year their season doesn't start until 21st of June as far as I can tell. http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_sch&cid=475&y=2013

Update.

Mikolas is playing in the Appalachian League right now for the Pulaski Yankees. Here are his stats so far the year. He hit for the cycle in their 9-3 win today over the Greenville Astros. Mikolas, hitting .365, completed his cycle with a ninth-inning home run before 2,221 fans.
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