Winthrop coach Joe Hudak confirmed Thursday that pitcher Mikey O'Brien, one of the Eagles' highest-rated recruits, will bypass college in favor of a professional career.
"He called me and told me he was going to sign," Hudak said. "Disappointing because we don't sign that caliber of kid too often.
"But I told him he and his family had to do what they thought was best and I wish him the best."
O'Brien, a right-hander from Roanoke, Va., was chosen in the ninth round (290th overall) by the New York Yankees in the Major League Baseball draft. Terms were not available, but O'Brien apparently received a big enough signing bonus to turn down his scholarship to Winthrop.
"I think he's the highest draft pick we've ever signed out of high school," Hudak said.
The only other drafted recruit was pitcher Kenny Monteith, a right-hander from Denville, N.J. The 48th-round selection by Cincinnati attended orientation last week and is expected to arrive at Winthrop in the fall.
Hudak also added another recruit to the class. Right-handed pitcher Cory McGinnis from Hampton (Penn.) High School will join Andrew Ledger, Zak Blair, Chas Crane, Pat Fortunato, Garrett Koster, Greg Hough, Matt Thielepape and Monteith as Eagles.