MLB Draft is Catch 22 for Duluth Huskies

By KBJR News 1

June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Duluth Huskies are in the business of getting players ready for the next level --- Major League Baseball --- but once the pros do come calling, it's up to the Huskies' coaches and front office staff to fill the holes and try to keep winning in Duluth.

That said, Duluth manager Daniel Hersey says he'd rather see all his players get a chance at the pros than keep them all here for an entire summer.

"Guys that get rewarded and get drafted or something like that make the organization look good," Hersey said. "It means we did a good job recruiting guys in here, and I don't want anything but the best for the kids. Getting drafted and going to the next level is unbelievable."

This year's team had three players drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft --- Mac James has already left to join Tampa Bay's minor league affiliate, while Dylan Barrow and Max Bartlett are still in town and deciding on their future plans.

For Barrow, signing a professional contract would mean leaving his teammates in Duluth to whom he has already pretty close.

"I've already kind of built some relationships with the guys on the team here -- great teammates, great guys, fun to be around," Barrow said. "But I think they support me 100 percent just like I would in their situation."

Hersey was unsure on Tuesday afternoon of what would happen with Barrow and Bartlett but added that he'd be supportive of the decision no matter what it is.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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