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College or Pros?

Posted Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 4:08 PM

20 major league scouts were in attendance for Golden Eagle pitcher Jordan Cooper's start Wednesday. (T-G photo by Gary Johnson)
Shelbyville Golden Eagle pitcher Jordan Cooper will have a tough choice to make very soon. (see Gary Johnson's March 12 article sports page http://www.t-g.com/story). He has signed a letter of intent to play for SEC power house Kentucky. However, the 6-foot-three 190 pound right-hander is projected to be among the top 50 picks in the upcoming major league baseball draft and will be offered a substantial signing bonus to by-pass college.

It is a very nice problem for a teenager to have. It looks like coach Brad Frasier has his team right where he promised us it would be when he took over the program.

What a great story for Eagle baseball and for our city! How do you think you would do if faced with the choice?

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There are a lot of benefits to college other than the education. Such as enjoying college life, networking for the future, etc. but making money is a reality of life as well.

Being a professional at a young age has its' traps as well, but if you get injured in college, your sports earnings could be gone.

So, it comes down to what your life dreams are. If you always dreamed of being in the majors, that is where I would go. If baseball was an enjoyable hobby that I happened to excel at but I dream of being a teacher, or engineer then college might have to be the choice.

Of course, I could play for 5 years, then come back to college at a relatively young age and enjoy not having to worry about tight finances.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 11:51 AM

It is a great story so how come only one picture with it? I was at the game and stood by the scouts. Every one that I heard talking raved about this kids live arm. The story was accurate regarding his speed on a cold damp night with heavy air. He consistently registered 91 on the guns. If this kid played for a school that wore orange and black it would have been splashed with photos depicting the scouts, the opposing coaches comments and what the kid had to eat before the game. This is an excellent sports page with outstanding writers, I think we all agree on that. I for one, would like to see better balance as far as exposure for each school.

-- Posted by proudchamp on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 11:52 AM

We have friends in Savannah, TN whose son played baseball 2 years at a junior college & was all set to go to Vanderbilt this year. However, the Atlanta Braves gave him an offer he felt he couldn't refuse.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 6:02 PM

WOW! Much Success to this young man.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 10:36 PM

If the pros is where he wants to be, then go for it. It's always good to have something else to fall back on as well. Perhaps he can get some schooling online in spare time instead of college while going pro, of course I do not know what kind of schedule he will have to this.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 10:41 PM

Most smart agents build in clauses with high school prospects to have the drafting organization agree to pay for their schooling at a university of their choice. Of course, the higher a kid is drafted, the more room he has to lobby. Signing bonuses drop dramatically after the initial 9-14 rounds. Minor league contracts don't pay much. "Bonus babies" are best served by stashing as much money to the side as possible. Just because you get drafted doesn't mean you'll make it to the bigs. Only a small percentage do.

-- Posted by Parker on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 10:49 PM

Jordan has been given a "God-given" talent...and I know he'll be the first to say that.

With that said, he has worked extremely hard over the years to make the most out of his talent given.

He has handled himself in a very positive manner both on the field and in the class room and throughout the community.

We need to continue to encourage him and hope the best for him.

This is not only a great thing for him and his family but for his team, Shelbyville Central High School and this community!

-- Posted by reader_2 on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 8:19 AM

What a cool deal for this town. I'm looking forward to watching this kid pitch this year. He must be special. Couldn't help but notice Parker's comments. Is he trying to slam this kid or what? By reading this story, he could be drafted in the first 50 picks of the draft, which I believe is the first round and a half. What was the 9-14 round comment about and the "bonus babies" reference? Not sure what that has to do with a top draft pick that we are lucky to have in this town. If he was pitching at another certain school in this county, would Parker have made those comments or would he have changed his tune? I'd say if you have a bunch of scouts at your game and you are a pitcher, your future looks very bright.

-- Posted by DoubleJ on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 9:47 AM

Agree with you DoubleJ. This kid will be offered more money to sign than a lot of people make in a lifetime. Kids that are drafted in the first two or three rounds are going to be able to pay for college anyway if injury occurs or they don't make it to the show. Not sure myself why Parker makes reference to the 9-14 rounds. If Jordan is drafted that low he will just go get a very good education and hone his skills for 3 or 4 years. With that said, I would say there are very few projected 9-14 picks that have 20 scouts in attendance at the same time. He obviously is a high profile draft pick. If his name was MOMO or Carkuff he would have a whole section of the paper dedicated to him on a weekly basis until the draft. We should all be very proud of the eagles and for this kid. It would be nice to watch one of our home grown kids on TV one day. We wish you the best Jordan-at least most of us do!!!!

-- Posted by proudchamp on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 12:18 PM

Well said. It is really sad that Shelbyville's sports editor seems to want to make shallow remarks towards the hometown school just because he is not covering them and feels like the focus should be elsewhere or only on his coverage. Here's an idea, have some consistency and fairness all around the county. If he can write all these overblown articles on "his school" or "his kids", then the least he can do is support the other county kids when they most certainly deserve it. The 9-14 round comment is a complete slap in the kid's face and he knows it. Jordan is obviously much better than that. Maybe Parker should actually talk to the scouts before spewing that garbage. We all know this is a big deal in this town and it's something everyone should be proud of. It's a shame the sports editor's ego gets in the way all too often.

-- Posted by DoubleJ on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 2:56 PM

I was speaking in general terms of what prospects are offered bonus wise, it had nothing to do with Jordan Cooper's draft projections whatsoever. He's one of the Top 100 high school prospects in the country and has already signed with one of the top college baseball teams in the country. He's living the dream.

It's always fun to be around that kind of talent. I saw it first hand with a high school teammate named Jamie Hill, with Lincoln County star Jason Coble, with Tullahoma's Bryan Morris, etc.

Jordan Cooper knows how I am. His brother played for my brother. I've been watching him play since Babe Ruth ball here in town. I wish him NOTHING but the best. He knows that. His coaches know that.

I expect Jordan to be joined on MLB draft day by other prospects with Bedford County ties. We could have two pitchers go in the first 50 picks as former Viking and former Golden Eagle Rex Brothers continues to impress at Lipscomb.

Thanks again for keeping up with Bedford County athletics on our website. You guys are two of our most consistent readers. We really appreciate that and so do all of the young athletes here. You can never have enough fans in the stands supporting them. Best wishes. Hope to see you out at the diamond soon.

-- Posted by Parker on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 10:13 PM

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