Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Could He Come Back

As a loyal reader posted earlier, Scott Bittle an all star pitcher for the Rebels last year who was drafted by the Yankees could be returning for the 09 campaign. I do not know how the draft works as how much a discussion a prospect can have and still be able to return to college. From my readings it appears Bittle has failed his physical due to some cartilage issues in his shoulder? It seems funny to me that Bittle had an outstanding year for the Rebels yet failed his physical and will more than likely not play in the MLB next year. All in all I hate it for Bittle not being able to make it to the pros next year, but it could be a huge blessing for the Rebs to have Scott on the mound next year.

(C-L)Ole Miss reliever Scott Bittle, who put up blistering numbers in his junior season, apparently is pretty far apart in negotiations with the New York Yankees, who selected him in the 2nd round of the MLB draft in June. Bittle told me that the Yankees are concerned about a physical he took, which revealed some wear and tear with his shoulder. So now the Yankees are being cautious about offering the normally big signing bonus that a No. 75 overall pick would demand...

Bittle said his shoulder feels fine and he's working out in Oxford. He said there's no way to know for sure, but there would at least be a chance he could end up back at Ole Miss next year if things don't work out with the Yankees. The deadline for negotiations with MLB clubs is Aug. 15. It'll be interesting to see what transpires..