Mike Moustakas

For college teams, one MLB draft decision can make or break a season

For college teams, one MLB draft decision can make or break a season

Two days before the Major League baseball draft began, USC Coach Dan Hubbs sat in his office, crossed his arms and tapped his foot like a teenager uneasily agitating a gas pedal.

The stress and uncertainty was upon him. Hubbs guessed he would have trouble sleeping the next couple of nights. His mind would churn. He’d agonize over spreadsheets like an accountant during tax season.

“People always ask right now, ‘How are you going to look next year?’ ” Hubbs said. “No idea. Ask me in a month.”

This is a precarious time for top-level college baseball coaches. The draft, which began Thursday, can decimate a recruiting class....

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