The high school sports hero of yesteryear excelled on different playing fields. In the fall, he might play football, basketball in the winter and hit the diamond in the spring.
But as collegiate athletics have grown increasingly business-like, so too has the makeup of the high school athlete. Specialization in one sport has become the trend, with club and AAU teams competing year-round, and the multi-sport high school star has gone the way of the VHS and Nintendo 64.
But, multi-sport ironmen can still be found occasionally in the high school ranks and more than one will be targeted by a team in the 2011 MLB draft, which begins tonight.
Many of these two- and three-way sports stars have already committed to big-time college programs in sports other than baseball and will soon be forced to make a monumental decision: sign a professional baseball contract or head to college.
Turning down a potentially huge payday might not be possible for more than a few of these two-sports stars, so let's look at which college athletic departments could take the biggest hits during the 2011 MLB draft.