The Miami Marlins compensation first round pick will not sign with the team and will honor his commitment to the University of Oregon, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
Pitcher Matt Krook, 35th pick in draft, has decided not to sign with #marlins and will attend University of Oregon.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) June 27, 2013
The Marlins were pleasantly surprised that Krook, who they rated as a first round talent, fell to them at the 35th pick. Krook was regarded as one of the best picks for the Marlins in this draft. Before the draft he was seen as a tough sign, but told the Miami Herald that he was ready to sign a big league contract.
“I love Oregon, love the coaches up there, but I think at this point I’m ready to play pro ball,” Krook said. “I just want to get my career started. Both me and [advisor Matt Sosnick, who also represents Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco] knew what it would take to decide, and it fell in the range.”
We don’t know the reason for Krook spurning the Marlins, but the first thought that will come to most people’s minds will be that the Fish were not prepared to fork over enough money. It could also be true that Krook was asking for a lot more money than the Marlins could afford, especially after the Marlins will have to hand over a sizeable bonus to Colin Moran.
The loss of Krook leaves a major hole in the Marlins draft, as many experts gave the Marlins a higher grade because they were able to add the top left handed prep pitcher in the class. I believe Krook would have become the top lefty starter in the Marlins system before long.
As for Krook, he will head to Eugene with a strong chance to become a top 10 pick in three years when he is draft eligible again. The hope for the Marlins is that they are not picking that high when Krook becomes eligible again.
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