Just spoke to Christian Brothers Academy graduate Pat Light, the 2009 All Shore Media Pitcher of the Year, and he is still undecided about whether or not he will sign with the Minnesota Twins after being drafted in the 28th round in June. The deadline to sign is Aug. 15, but since it’s a Saturday, Light said the deadline has been extended to Monday, Aug. 17.
Light said the Twins have yet to make him an offer despite the deadline looming in a week, so he has not retained any type of advisor to this point because there have been no real negotations. Light has a scholarship to Monmouth University and would most likely enter as the Hawks’ ace because their top two pitchers, juniors Ryan Buch and Brett Brach, both signed with their respective teams, the White Sox and the Indians, after being drafted in the eighth and 10th rounds this past June. The Twins have signed 15 of the 28 players they drafted ahead of Light, according to Baseball America, but still have not signed first-round pick Kyle Gibson from Missouri or the five players they drafted in rounds 23-27.
“I haven’t made a decision as of right now,” Light said. “It’s a difficult decision. It’s not necessarily just the money. It all comes down to, am I going to get the opportunity (with the Twins)?”
Light admitted that he has followed the career of his former CBA teammate, current Phillies minor-leaguer Kyle Slate, a pitcher who took an $80,000 signing bonus out of high school to sign with Philadelphia after being taken in the 37th round in 2007. Slate turned down a scholarship to the University of Maine to sign with the Phillies and his career was dealt a blow when he missed all of this season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He has yet to reach the low Class A affiliate for the Phillies, the Lakewood BlueClaws.
“(Slate’s situation) definitely influences my decision,” Light said. “That’s rough when you go in with high hopes, end up blowing out your arm and maybe getting dropped, then who knows what happens?”
Light, who finished his career 20-0 to make Shore Conference history by finishing undefeated with that many decisions, is a 6-5 right-hander who helped the Colts win their first NJSIAA Non-Public A title since 1977 in the spring. He was the only senior from this year’s Shore Conference class to be drafted.
Unless a deal gets done within the next week, Light will be headed to Monmouth University as one of the top recruits coach Dean Ehehalt has reeled in during his successful tenure with the Hawks.