05/14/2004 7:36 PM ET
HS prospect undergoes MRI
The draft prospects of high school standout pitcher Nick Adenhart may have been dealt a setback, MLB.com has learned.
By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com
The highly-touted right-hander, last year's Baseball America Youth Player of the Year, left his last start on Tuesday for Williamsport (Md.) High School in the first inning with elbow discomfort.
Adenart went to see an orthopedic surgeon as a result of the pain and had an MRI on Thursday. Results of the MRI were not known as of late Friday afternoon.
"He had an MRI on the elbow, that's probably not a good sign," said the scout familiar with Adenhart.
Heading into the year, Adenhart and Texas phenom Homer Bailey were considered two of the top high school prospects in the nation. Adenhart had a 0.91 ERA and 85 strikeouts covering 38 innings this season before the injury.
Before definitive results of the MRI are known, it will be impossible to ascertain what this will do to Adenhart's draft status. In the end, the injury could be the University of North Carolina's gain. Adenhart has signed a letter of intent with UNC, though most thought he'd likely sign with whatever pro team drafted him. If the injury proves to be serious, college could become a much more viable option.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.