Wichita State’s 2009 infield has taken two significant hits this summer, losing two late-round picks to pro teams. In late June, Goddard (Kan.) High middle infielder Logan Watkins signed with the Cubs for $500,000. Now Wichita media outlets are reporting that the Athletics are on the verge of signing shortstop Dusty Coleman for $700,000.
The Shockers had been counting on Watkins and Coleman to be their double-play combination next season, and when Watkins went in the 21st round and Coleman went in the 28th round, they had reason to feel they could keep both. But with teams ponying up two of the three highest bonuses given to players taken after the 10th round in this year’s draft—the Rockies signed multisport star Tyler Massey for $525,000 in the 14th round—Wichita State suddenly is looking for middle infielders.
Watkins hit .476 as a senior at Goddard and generated some predraft buzz, but not nearly enough to indicate that a team would spend $500,000. He’s an athlete with good speed and a contact-oriented approach from the left side of the plate.
Coleman was regarded as a fourth- to sixth-round talent, but his extra leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore scared teams off. He has smooth actions and a strong arm at shortstop, and good strength and power potential for the position. He helped his cause by hitting .330 and earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod League this summer.
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