The MLB Draft is rapidly approaching and the closer it gets, the higher Bubba Chandler and Will Taylor march up the draft boards.
Both signed with Clemson as part of the 2021 recruiting class, the only two quarterbacks the Tigers signed, and losing both would leave Dabo Swinney’s team paper-thin at the position.
However, the football team won’t be the only program impacted if both choose to play MLB. Monte Lee’s Clemson Baseball team will take a hit as well.
Chandler is a RHP who could easily be a Top-10 pick. ESPN projects him to go No. 9 overall in their latest mock draft. The 6-foot-3 hurler has a fastball in the mid 90’s, can climb into the upper 90’s at times, and has complete command of three pitches already. He has been dominant on the mound during his senior season.
He’s also a switch-hitting shortstop and has drawn comparisons to former Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones.
With Mack Anglin and Keyshawn Askew both draft-eligible, losing Chandler would be a huge blow.
Taylor is a speedy outfielder with a good bat who makes consistent contact. He’s not a power guy, but he has fast hands and the ball jumps off his bat. ESPN’s latest mock has him going No. 20 to the Yankees.
While Swinney only has to worry about losing two players to the draft, Lee is looking at the possibility of losing three in the first round alone.
On top of Chandler and Taylor, Joe Mack, a catcher out of Williamsville East High School in New York, is also slated to go in the first round. ESPN has Mack, a key piece to the Tigers latest recruiting class, going No. 26 to the Twins. He is one of the top high-school prospects in the class.
The thought of losing three players the caliber of Chandler, Taylor and Mack is gut-wrenching. That is three first-round talents from the same recruiting class and it’s bound to have an impact on the program, and sooner rather than later.