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MLB Draft 2011 Prospects: Why Is Dylan Bundy Asking So Much?

It recently came out that Oklahoma high school pitcher Dylan Bundy, one of the top choices in the 2011 MLB Draft and a possible (though unlikely) pick for the Pirates at No. 1 overall, was asking for a six-year deal worth $30 million.

There's no possible way he's going to get anywhere near that kind of money - Stephen Strasburg, perhaps the best draft prospect of all time, only got about $15 million - so why did Bundy ask for it? Jim Callis of Baseball America explains:

Draftees don't get paid what the consensus says they're worth. They get paid what the team that selects them believes they're worth, and they often get selected by the club that values them the most. Setting an exorbitant asking price is one way to try to make sure Bundy and [Archie] Bradley fall to that team.

So where does Bundy want to go? It's unclear at this point. Late this week, a report made the rounds on the internet that Bundy didn't want to go to the Pirates or Royals due to those teams' policies regarding long toss. But most aspects of that report were quickly refuted elsewhere, so it probably wouldn't be wise to expect it to hold up when draft day comes.

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