USF loses Ryan to Tigers, Sim to Giants
The question that will now weigh heavily on USF's baseball expectations for next season is this: How many of the 10 underclassmen and signees drafted this week will choose to sign pro contracts rather than play for the Bulls in 2011?
The first answer came Thursday, as Kyle Ryan, a left-handed pitcher from Auburndale who was drafted in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers, said he will sign with Detroit on Friday. Junior catcher Eric Sim is also expected to sign with the San Francisco Giants, who drafted him in the 27th round.
"We've made a decision to go with the Tigers," said Ryan, who will start his pro career in rookie-league ball in Lakeland, just 20 minutes from home. "I had to think hard about it -- did I want to go to college, get better and try to get drafted higher down the road, or did I want to follow my dreams earlier."
Ryan was the second of six incoming USF recruits drafted this week, along with four Bulls juniors. Sim, who spent one season with the Bulls as their primary catcher, was expected to head to Arizona to meet with Giants officials, according to coach Lelo Prado.
Draft picks have until Aug. 15 to decide whether to sign with their pro team or continue with their college careers.