Crowe turns down Padres, Godley drafted by Cubs


(UNDATED) -- Pigeon Forge pitcher Wil Crowe had an opportunity to play in the San Diego Padres organization, but decided to pursue college baseball at South Carolina instead.

Crowe told WVLT Friday night that San Diego was willing to take him with the 69th overall pick, but the money just wasn't enough to keep him from attending South Carolina.

"The Padres called and said they would pick me for a certain amount of money. We just said 'no,'" Crowe said by phone Friday evening.

"They called back and said we'll take you for a little bit more. It just wasn't right. It wasn't the right amount of money to leave South Carolina."

Crowe signed with the Gamecocks last November.

Crowe didn't say what San Diego offered, but the hard-throwing right handed pitcher said he had determined before the draft that he would only sign with a team if an offer was in the $1.65 million dollar range.

Crowe said Houston then showed interest, offering up to $1.2 million, but again the state's Gatorade Player of the Year stuck to his original number.

"Whether I go pro or to South Carolina, I'm not making a bad decision either way. I'll have great coaches on both sides. I really couldn't go wrong with my decision."

Crowe says he's looking forward to playing and growing with the Gamecocks. He'll re-enter the draft after his junior year, where his goal is to be a top ten pick.

"That's what I'm shooting for. I have three pitches right now that I'm pretty confident in no matter what the count is. I have a two-seam that I didn't throw a lot in high school and a slider that I picked up this year. I want to have five quality pitches by the time I get out of college."

Meanwhile, pitcher Zack Godley gave the Vols their first selection in this year's draft. The Chicago Cubs selected Godley in the tenth round, making him the 288th overall selection.

Godley has been Tennessee's top starting pitcher the past two years. He had an impressive senior campaign in which he had six complete games, more than any other team in the SEC, in 14 starts. Godley led the league with 108.1 innings pitched during the regular season and finished second with 98 strikeouts.

The MLB draft ends on Saturday with rounds 11-40.


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