Jesse Winker never played college baseball, although he had the option.
Instead, Winker did what many of the talented young players do when they are selected high in the draft – take the money and run.
A $1 million signing bonus is tough to pass up when you are 18.
So Winker, selected in the first round of the 2012 draft by the Cincinnati Reds – 49th overall – decided to go pro.
Three years later, Winker, a popular and talented outfielder with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, has no regrets about his decision. His play on the field reaffirms the fact he did indeed make the right call.
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