Dallas Jesuit High outfielder Josh Bell wrote a letter to the Major League Scouting Bureau indicating that he does not want to sign with a professional team out of high school, Baseball America has learned.
Bell, who was originally verbally committed to Louisiana State, signed a letter of intent with Texas and would be a boon for the Longhorns.
He is being advised by the Boras Corp. and the letter may just be posturing for future contract negotiation purposes. But, sources indicate that Bell's family has been straightforward with scouts all spring and education is important to the family. Bell's mother, Myrtle, is a professor at Texas-Arlington.
He has a big league body already at 6-foot-3 and 206 pounds. A switch-hitter with the most usable power among high school players in the 2011 draft, he is a surefire first-rounder on talent, but this throws a wrench into that status.
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