NDSU baseball recruit David Ernst was drafted in the 47th round of the Major League Baseball draft today by the Chicago Cubs. He said it’s up in the air if he’ll sign or not, but put it this way: it would be a gamble if he did.
Forty-seventh rounders are not treated like seventh rounders. NDSU head coach Tod Brown said the high round draft picks have to practically play themselves out of being a prospect. So in another words, Ernst would have to put together a few outstanding seasons in the low minors to continue to move up. The guess here people are advising him to stay in school and try and improve his draft status when it comes up again his junior year. He has until Aug. 15 to sign with the Cubs.
On top of today, it’s a good sign for the NDSU program that it is attracting drafted players. It could help Brown’s message to area players that it’s OK to stay around and play Division I baseball.