I just listened to the great Doug Drabek speak about the upcoming draft and the Woodlands High team. He went over how happy the team was and how well they were playing and stuff like that for a while..... Then they got into the Draft.
They are not entirely sure, like everyone else, where Drabek will go. It sounded like they have not even been made garauntees that if he is on the board, such and such team will grab him. He was almost entised into saying he would go top 15, but then he didn't. Then they talked about Drabek's stuff. In his fathers opinion his Drabek has a ML curve and velocity with a change and 2-seamer that need work. Sounds like every Texas highschool pitcher ever right? Also he said he loves to throw a knuckler which I thought was funny.
After that the "makeup" issues came up and specifically the article in Baseball America. Doug never denied anything, but nothing was specificaly spoken about. It was approached saying "was it young men being boys" and that is how they played it. He then said the writer put in a lot of time to dig up some things that were spun or made larger than they appeared.
From all that it is probably very reasonable to believe that most of the makeup issues are there, in a much lower capacity. And how much lower or the significance of them is up in the air. My opinion is whoever drafts him will never have a problem with him and they will probably save a million dollars because of a story that may have made him a darker figure than he really is.
Doug was honest and his voice let me know that he was not fibbing IMO. I think he would not have done the show if he had to lie on behalf of his son in his hometown. Drabek will be a steal in the draft.
Also, anyone know where I can get definate information about player options?