Jared Mang, the two-time New Mexico Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball, wasn’t selected by a Major League Baseball team during this year’s draft, June 9-11.
Mang signed a letter of intent to play college ball at the University of New Mexico after his junior season, but a lot of pro teams had still shown interest in Mang.
After 40 rounds of selections, however, Mang’s name wasn’t called.
Signing a letter of intent to play college ball often, but not always, lowers a high school players stock.
In 2012, Albuquerque Academy’s Alex Bregman was considered one of the best pure high school hitters in the country. Bregman committed to play for Louisiana State University, though, and wasn’t picked until the 29th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Bregman went to LSU and was the consensus national freshman of the year in 2013. This year Bregman became the highest player ever selected from the state of New Mexico. The Houston Astros picked Bregman with the second pick.
Like Bregman, Mang will now have the opportunity to raise his stock playing college ball.