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The new draftee survival guide. Rule number 2: don’t buy a Lambo.

Jun 9, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT


Dirk Hayhurst does what he does best today, and that’s to tell us how the vast majority of minor leaguers live. As in: on a shoestring, with a long, long road between where they are on draft day and when they get to the big leagues. If they get to the big leagues.

Today it’s the dos and don’ts for the new draftee. As in: don’t buy a fancy car with your signing bonus, don’t go around talking about your college days, make sure you get an agent and things like that. The agent bit is one a lot of people aren’t aware of. We all think of them as taking a cut of a big league contract, but most of the time these guys spend all of their time more or less playing nurse maid to minor leaguers. As Hayhurst explains:

Yes, they’ll take their cut if you sign a big contract, but most of the time they’ll be sending you new spikes, fresh bats, new sports underwear, and even a pair of trendy sunglasses if you can make a strong enough argument for why you need them. By the time they get their percent of you (if they get their percent of you) it will be like paying them back, not letting them suck you dry.

I once went to an evening college football game with a fairly well-known agent who has big time clients. He spent most of the second half of the game texting various minor leaguers in his stable, seeing how their games went, how they were doing that day, did they need any equipment, etc. etc. This wasn’t altruism — he’s hoping that if he takes care of these guys that they’ll stick with him if and when they sign that $75 million deal — but make no mistake, it’s work.

Anyway, this is a good piece from Hayhurst. And yes, it’s in slide show format, but don’t let that deter you. The explanations under each slide are lengthy and substantive so it’s not like it’s mere click bait. It’s quite interesting and informative, actually.

  1. renaado - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    “Andrew” Lambo… Lambo? Ugh, nearly got myself confused there!

  2. rbj1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Great advice. Back when they existed, I’d go to Capital City (Columbia, SC) Bombers games Low A ball. Each year there’d be new faces, and you could tell which hot prospect had which fancy new car. One year the hot guy was a power hitting first base man, with the fancy car. Two months in and he hurt his wrist. Don’t think he ever recovered.

    Buy a junker and invest the signing bonus.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I don’t get the urge to buy a car that costs as much as an apartment and gets the gas mileage of a tank.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Have you ever seen the Lamborghini Aventador before? It’s sex on wheels!

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:35 PM

  4. chip56 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Is Hayhurst the only guy you read that you don’t rip?

    • moogro - Jun 9, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      I guess the word BS got caught in the naughy filter. Watch out, folks. Take 2:

      He’s kinda rip-proof. He has an amazing life story and doesn’t need BS, innuendo or hyperbole to get by. He is what you would think people that read people that write would want. Other folks, when they are stupid, deserve to be ripped.

  5. umrguy42 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    …Why do you *not* sign the sweet spot on the baseball? All I see was “the manager will yell at you”… why?

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