The signs kind of point to Kyle Hoppy honoring his commitment to Bucknell and not signing a professional baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles. The O's drafted the Orchard Park center fielder in the 28th round with the 836th overall pick. It's doubtful the Orioles will give Hoppy the kind of money he'll need to turn away from four years a Bucknell at an annual cost of $48,000.
Hoppy would be taking a huge chance that he could beat the huge odds of having a lengthy big league career. Makes sense except for the fact Hoppy got a taste of the big leagues when he went to Baltimore and worked out for the team prior to the draft at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. There's something about taking BP in a big league park that stays in a young man's head.
"It was awesome, just having 10 scouts there watching you. You got to show off your skills and it was such a great feeling, and I'm glad I got it in because it was raining that day," said Hoppy. "I hit a couple over the fence. I don't know, it was incredible being there. And being in the outfield retrieving balls the other kids were hitting and they had me throwing from the outfield. It just felt like I belonged there."
---Mary Jo Monnin
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