Spanish Fork (Spanish Fork, Utah)
coach Jim Nelson knew that he was losing all-state pitchers Hayden Nielsen
and Kayden Porter
to graduation, but he was expecting to have back one of the state's best in rising senior Brady Corless
However that changed last week when Corless dropped out of school to pursue enrollment at Salt Lake Community College in the fall once he has passed his high school equivalency tests. Corless told the Salt Lake Tribune that the move was made in order to better prepare himself for the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
"At SLCC, I feel like I'm going to get better," Corless told the Tribune. "The way I see it, I've got a chance to make a dream become a reality fast. This will get me to the show faster."
Corless was an all-state selection for the Dons after posting a 7-2 record with a 1.97 ERA and 96 strikeouts. He has also been timed in the low 90s with his fastball.
The move had Nelson questioning the strategy.
"I disagree with it, and a lot of the baseball people I've talked to have disagreed with it," Nelson told the Tribune. "But kids make these decisions and you can't really do much about it. I just hope he's the one making the decision and no one is making it for him."
Spanish Fork had two of the top pitchers in the state this year in Nielsen and Porter, however neither were selected in the 40-round MLB draft in early June. Porter was ranked among the top 60 players in the state by MaxPreps.
The move by Corless is similar to the path taken by Washington National rookie Bryce Harper, who took his GED test following his sophomore year and enrolled at a local junior college. The move paid off for Harper, who was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 draft.
According to the Tribune, Corless notified Nelson of his decision in early June and will participate in the Area Code Games in Long Beach in August. He also recently had a strong showing at the Perfect Game All-American Showcase.