Sports Short

* It’s still surprising that the MLB draft is before the college baseball regionals and the College World Series. Inevitably, the competition is rife with draftable talent. For teams investing millions, it could make a difference to see how a targeted player handles it all–including the pressure.  Case in point, Auburn pitcher Casey Mize was the number one overall draft pick by the Detroit Tigers. He’ll be a millionaire shortly. But after he was drafted he pitched against Florida in the Super Regionals. It didn’t go well. He gave up six runs and lasted five innings. If I’m Tigers management, I would have wanted to see how Mize performed in his biggest college game before I made a seven-figure investment and drafted him before everybody else.

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