Baseball: Miami Hurricanes lose outfielder Carl Chester, pitcher Jesse Lepore, four HS prospects to MLB

Park Vista High standout James Marinan will not have a college career, and the college careers of two prominent Hurricanes are over.

According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, the Los Angeles Dodgers offered Marinan more than double the league-suggested signing bonus. He accepted.

UM also lost two juniors to the pros. Outfielder Carl Chester, drafted in the 12th round by Tampa Bay, and right-hander Jesse Lepore, a 24th-round pick by Colorado, both signed pro deals this week.

Marinan, a fourth-round pick, was one of seven high school players who signed with Miami and were drafted last week by MLB teams.

He is the fourth prep prospect known to be skipping UM for the pros. Shortstop Jeter Downs, taken 32nd overall by the Cincinnati, signed a contract on Monday. Third baseman Joe Perez (53rd overall, Houston) has told reporters he will also turn pro. Shortstop/third baseman Mark Vientos, taken 59th overall by the New York Mets, signed Tuesday for a reported $1.5 million, which is about $500,000 above slot value.

The rest of Miami’s prep draftees, including highly regarded right-hander Chris McMahon, are expected to head to Coral Gables. McMahon, No. 77 in Baseball America’s pre-draft rankings, slipped to the 33rd round.

Additionally, UM does not expect junior outfielder James Davison to return to the team, according to a source. InsideTheU reported Davison, who spent one season at Miami after transferring from junior college, plans to play at St. Mary’s University, a Division 2 school in Texas. Davison hit .234 with a team-high 14 steals in 55 games (45 starts) as UM’s primary left-fielder.

 

 

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