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Brewers draft Trent Boras, son of super agent Scott Boras

Jun 8, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

Boras thinking

Among the interesting picks on Day 2 of the draft was the Brewers selecting the son of agent Scott Boras, high school third baseman Trent Boras, in the 30th round.

In addition to having the sport’s most famous agent as his father Boras is also said to be leaning toward bypassing pro ball to attend USC, so he’ll probably be the most expensive 30th-round pick in baseball history if the Brewers do end up signing him.

Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid described Boras as “a good player” and “a left-handed hitter who makes contact, he’s pretty good with the glove at third base.”

Surely his father is preparing one of his famous iPad presentations describing how a high school third baseman who combines Mike Schmidt’s power and Wade Boggs’ hitting with Brooks Robinson’s glove lasted all the way to the 30th round. I predict a seven-year, $144 million deal, followed by pitch-by-pitch coverage of his entire career in Jon Heyman’s column.

  1. sknut - Jun 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    It would be funny if he signed an average deal just to goad his dad.

  2. CJ - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    be funnier if he wouldn’t let his dad be his agent and went with one of his biggest rivals. Not that Scott Boras has rivals, lol.

  3. 78mu - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Funnier if he hired his dad and then fired him because all the other draft picks around him were getting way better contracts.

  4. frightwig - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    I like that you found a photo of Scott Boras stroking his chin like Dr. Evil. Well done.

    Meanwhile, I expect the Boras son to go to USC in hopes of improving his draft stock in a couple years. He’ll have more fun at college in Los Angeles rather than riding buses around Class A leagues, anyway.

  5. halladaysbicepts - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    I would not have drafted this kid. If he’s anything like the old man, he will he high-maintenance. Could cause potential clubhouse problems. I’m glad the Phillies didn’t draft him.

    • jjschiller - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:11 PM


  6. Jonny 5 - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    He will be royalty at USC and treated as such. Why would he not go to college for all of the benefits compared to A ball, when daddy is, well totally loaded?

    • sportsdrenched - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      Let’s not dellude our selves in thinking that A Ball Plays can’t pull the ladies.

      His Daddy is loaded. I’m sure he’ll do OK in either enviorment.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

        Yes, at least. Anyway, that was meant as “tongue in cheek” . It has to be a tough decision and I don’t know what’s more important to Jr. Boras right now. I’d like to think an education trumps all, but that’s just not how it works every time is it?

      • sportsdrenched - Jun 8, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        Did you say “tongue in cheek”? oh nevermind.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      He will probably make more money from USC than he will get in the pros!

      • jjschiller - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:13 PM

        But out in California there’s all those liberals though…

  7. icanspeel - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Brilliant move, now the Brewers can use Scott Boras son as leverage when working with him. Do you want your son to play or not?

  8. nps6724 - Jun 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Who’s his agent?

    • paperlions - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      If he wants to go to college, he better not have one.

      If the guy wants to play pro ball, he should sign. The chances of developing into a pro player are much better if he gets started right now. When Boras is your father, your draft position and contract are pretty much irrelevant…and the only reason to go to college is to improve your draft stock/initial contract.

  9. jamie54 - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Put money down in Vegas the kid will be taken under his daddy’s wing if/when he graduates, no way he makes it as a player.

  10. clydeserra - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    A’s took Shane Boras, a Jr. at USC.

  11. cur68 - Jun 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Does anyone know for sure that the kid can even play ball? Sounds like the Brewer’s scout is pretty sold on the kid. I say we give him a chance. He might not be a chip of the ole Boras block you know. Mid you if he starts blowing kisses after a homer I’m prepared to say “what did anyone expect, really?”.

  12. jwbiii - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    30th rounders almost never make it to MLB. Of those that do, few of them are good. 30th round selections, 1992-2001, who made the majors, by WAR:

    1995 Juan Pierre, OF, 1655 G, 13.7 WAR, LA HS
    1994 Eric Gagne, P, 402 G, 12.0 WAR, PQ HS
    1997 Mike Gonzalez, P, 331 G, 6.5 WAR, San Jacinto Col
    2000 Brian Wilson, P, 284 G, 6.3 WAR, NH HS
    1995 Rob Mackowiak, IF, 856 G, 4.8 WAR, S. Sub Col (IL)
    1996 Marcus Thames, OF, 628 G, 4.5 WAR, SW Texas State
    1994 Bruce Aven, OF, 259 G, 2.2 WAR, Lamar
    1995 Nelson Figueroa, P, 145 G, 2.0 WAR, Brandeis
    1993 Benny Agbayani, OF, 383 G, 1.1 WAR, Hawaii Pacific
    2000 Edgar Gonzalez, IF, 193 G, .5 WAR, UCSD
    1993 Mark Brownson, P, 11 G, .3 WAR, FL HS
    1997 Bret Prinz, P, 102 G, .2 WAR, Phoenix Col
    2001 Billy Sadler, P, 39 G, .1 WAR, Pensacola JC
    1995 Dusty Allen, OF, 27 G, .1 WAR, Stanford
    1997 Aaron Looper, P, 6 G, 0 WAR, Ark/Fort Smith
    1999 Ray Sadler, OF, 3 G, -.1 WAR, Hill JC
    1993 Jason Green, P, 14 G, -.4 WAR, ON HS
    1998 Jaime Bubela, OF, 11 G, -.4 WAR, Blinn Col
    1998 Eric Cyr, P, 5 G, -.5 WAR, Seminole CC
    1998 John Rheinecker, P, 44 G, -.5 WAR, IL HS
    1993 David Moraga, P, 4 G, -.7 WAR, CA HS
    1992 Mark Polcovich, IF, 165 G, -.7 WAR, Florida
    2000 Mike Burns, P, 60 G, -1.3 WAR, UCLA
    1999 Sean Henn, P, 60 G, -2.2 WAR, TX HS
    1995 Brandon Duckworth, 134 G, -3.1 WAR, S. Idaho

    If I were Trent Boras’ advisor, or his father, I’d tell him to go to USC and see if he can do better in a few years.

    Scott Boras was a much better prospect, a 3rd round pick, FSL All-Star. Got injured, got passed on the Cards’ org depth chart by a better player (Tom Herr), and went back to school.

    • paperlions - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      Players are drafted in the 30th round because they aren’t very good; it is the innate talent level, not being drafted in the 30th round, that leads to the poor success rate of players drafted in the 30th round. If he goes to USC for 3 years and re-enters the draft, he won’t be drafted much higher than he was this time unless he shows greater than expected development for those 3 years because teams factor in projection/development into their valuations….and he could be drafted lower (or not at all) if he fails to develop as expected.

    • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      Sloppy on my part. Some of these players did not sign and were drafted later in (mostly) higher rounds. I went through all the HS and JuCo picks and found:
      Juan Pierre, 1998, 13th, S. Alabama
      Eric Gagne, 1995, Undrafted free agent
      Brian Wilson, 2003, 24th, LSU
      Ron Mackowiak, 1996, 53rd, S Sub Col (IL)
      Billy Sadler, 2003, 6th, LSU
      John Rheinecker, 2001, 1st, Missouri State
      Sean Henn, 2000, 26th, McClellan Col

  13. professor59 - Jun 8, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    The funniest result would be if dad insisted on a huge bonus for Jr, and no one would sign him. True Disney ending.

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