Brewers Draft Pick Elects College Route Instead

Adam Taylor McKillop
A recent Milwaukee Brewers draft pick elects the college route instead.
A recent Milwaukee Brewers draft pick elects the college route instead. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After an exhilarating few days of the official 2022 MLB All-Star break, the dust has settled. All-Star weekend included the league's annual draft, where the Milwaukee Brewers called the names of 21 elite college and high school prospects.

As with any draft, many of those names are thrilled to get started on their professional baseball careers in the Brewers' minor leagues. But, there's always a few who'd rather spend some time in college baseball before making that jump. That's exactly what happened with Milwaukee's 18th round selection.

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Pitcher Jurrangelo Cijntje tweeted following the draft that "he's honored of getting picked" but is "still a bulldog!!" The intriguing ambidextrous talent is committed to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs next season.

The Brewers selected Cijntje in the 18th round with the 552nd overall pick.

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A Champagnat Catholic School prospect out of Pembroke Pines, FL, Cijntje received a lot of pre-draft attention because of his unique abilities to throw both right and left-handed.

Opting to go the college route can be a wise decision for young ballplayers. Not only does this option offer them the opportunity to further both their education and baseball skills, but it's generally more lucrative. The MLB uses slot values for draft picks taken in Rounds 1-10. Round 10 draftees are slotted just under $150,000.

By comparison, Round 1 selections are slotted upwards of $8 million. If Cijntje can go to Mississippi State, hone his craft, and come away with a higher draft pick, then he'll thank himself later. And maybe the Brewers will still draft him in a higher round two or three years down the line.

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