When Ty Damron was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in baseball’s 2013 First-Year Player Draft, it seemed the former Krum standout was on his way to beginning a professional baseball career.
Almost two months later, Damron is not headed to the minors. Instead, he’s headed to Lubbock.
Damron, who originally told the Denton Record-Chronicle that he had agreed to terms with the Dodgers after being drafted in the 13th round, didn’t agree to terms and did not sign with the National League team.
Instead, he will pitch for a Texas Tech team coached by Denton graduate Tim Tadlock.
Damron said he didn’t sign with Los Angeles because the two sides couldn’t agree on a signing bonus, so he decided to stick with his original plan of going to college.
“I’m real excited,” Damron said. “It’s a good program.”
Damron dazzled for Krum toward the end of his senior season. The District 9-3A MVP and Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A first-team all-state selection finished the year with a 1.00 ERA, an 8-2 record and 138 strikeouts.
The incoming Texas Tech freshman had his best performances in the playoffs. The 6-3, 175-pound lefty struck out 17 batters in six innings on his way to a no-hit victory over Celina. He also threw a one-hitter and struck out 15 batters against Bridgeport.
Damron said he was seeking a signing bonus of $300,000 but the Dodgers countered with a final offer of $150,000, which Damron turned down.
According to Texas Tech’s website, Damron is the highest drafted incoming Red Raider freshman to not sign a professional contract since 2007, when Chad Bettis didn’t sign with the Houston Astros after being drafted in the eighth round.
Damron did not sign with the Dodgers by the July 12 deadline for prospects drafted in the First-Year Player Draft.
The left-handed pitcher said he wasn’t disappointed about not signing with the Dodgers, and that he was content with either of the options available to him.
“It wasn’t really that big of a deal if I didn’t make it or if I did. But it’s still exciting to know I got drafted,” Damron said.
Damron will be eligible to be drafted again in three years, when he could be looking to continue his trek toward the major leagues.
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