Sometimes, an amateur player has teams come to him. While many players are flying across the country to workouts hosted by Major League teams, a player like Dylan Cease is simply trying to show any interested parties that he's healthy enough to go to pro ball.
Cease, the right-hander from Milton (Ga.) High School, missed most of the 2014 season with an elbow injury. Hoping to avoid surgery, the Vanderbilt commit gave Platelet-Rich Therapy (PRP), where platelets are injected into the elbow, a try. He rehabbed until finally getting back on the mound for a very well-attended bullpen session last Thursday.
Cease threw about 40 pitches that afternoon with about a dozen scouts on hand. It was an easy trip for some Braves higher-ups, in their own backyard, and they had some crosschecking types on hand.
"It was an easy 'pen workout," one area scout said. "The ball came out of his hand well and the velocity was 83-88 mph. His changeup showed late fade and he didn't throw any curveballs."
It's not a lot to go on, but is it enough to get teams to take a chance on Cease, who once was seen as a first-round contender. He's interested in signing, but a scout told MLBPipeline.com that Cease was looking for $1.6 million to walk away from his Vanderbilt commitment. That's end-of-the-first-round money, and if a team feels he can be the flamethrower he was pre-injury, it's not out of the question a team might get creative to make it work.
"I think there are teams interested in doing something like that," the scout said.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow