2011 MLB Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Take Josh Bell: Is Prep Star Signable?
The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off the second round of the 2011 MLB amateur draft with a bang, taking high school outfielder Josh Bell (Dallas Jesuit) with the 61st overall pick.
Bell's talent isn't a question—he was clearly one of the biggest names left on the board, and Keith Law's pick for the best available player—but his signability is.
The Scott Boras client sent a letter to each MLB scouting department before the draft asking not to be drafted, as he has a firm commitment to the University of Texas that he said he intends to keep.
Bell's desire to go to college could well be genuine, but many analysts think his declaration was a ploy to drive up his leverage in contract negotiations. Every man has his price, and the Pirates, who are already facing the task of signing No. 1 overall pick Gerritt Cole, apparently think they can meet it.
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