The MLB draft is a special day for all those kids whose lifelong dream is to play for a major league baseball organization finally comes true. It’s also a big day for all of the MLB teams looking to change the path of their franchise or continue their sustained success by finding the next Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, or even a hidden gem in the 5th round like Mookie Betts.
That draft begins tonight and the biggest story should be speaking of the players who we think will be the next number one pick. Of course that is being discussed but to me the biggest story of this draft is a negative one. I am speaking of the draft status of Oregon State left-hander Luke Heimlich who according to the reports last year had signed a plea agreement in 2012 as a teen in which he admitted to one count of sexually molesting his 6-year-old niece. That happened when he was 15 years old, which was just 7 years ago. Something of this magnitude should never be swept under the rug as his niece will have to live with the horrors of that event for the rest of her life.
Some fans from around the league also chimed in about the possibility of their favorite team drafting Heimlich (see below)
I do not care how good of a pitcher Heimlich is, what he did was inexcusable and he should never being given the chance to pitch in the majors or even in the minors. He lost that opportunity 7 years ago. This whole matter wasn't even brought to the attention of the everybody until days before last year's MLB draft. He has since denied the claims while he continued to pitch at Oregon State this season. I believe a lot of ball clubs look at a persons character and personality when drafting guys, so will they turn their backs on his dark history and just draft him anyways? The questions of what he did will never go away, and the team that drafts him will face those questions as well. I am a believer in second chances, just not for him. The fact that he can still graduate and receive a job outside of baseball should be considered a blessing for him.
The MLB draft begins tonight on MLB Network at 7 pm. ET
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