Top Vanderbilt pitching recruits follow the money, not Beede's example

Tyler Beede drew a lot of national attention three years ago when he was the 21st overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft but turned down the money and decided to pitch for Vanderbilt.

Rather than follow that example, a quartet of his potential replacements followed the money directly into professional baseball.

Last Friday was the deadline for 2014 draft picks to sign a professional contract. Ultimately, the post-draft signing process was costly for the Commodores in the wake of their 2014 College World Series championship.

Beede accepted a bonus of $2.632 million and signed with the San Francisco Giants, who drafted him 14th overall. According to Baseball America, that was the 12th largest bonus paid out to this year’s draft picks.

The decision, which was expected, ended his college career after three seasons.

Four pitchers who signed national letters-of-intent with Vanderbilt earlier this year never even started theirs because they were among the 67 who accepted bonus offers of $1 million-plus. One even got more money than Beede.

The rundown:

• Touki Toussaint (16th overall), a right-hander from Miami, accepted a $2.7 million bonus (15 percent higher that his slot value) from Arizona.

• Tullahoma’s Justus Sheffield (31st overall), a left-hander and the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, took $1.6 million to sign with the Cleveland Indians.

• Dylan Cease (40th overall), a right-hander from Georgia, got $1.5 million from the Cubs.

• Cody Reed (54th overall), a left-hander out of Alabama, got a $1.0345 million bonus and signed with Arizona.