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Braves Sign Collegiate League Pitcher

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Small bit of news here coming from the Martinsville Mustangs' website.
MARTINSVILLE, VA - The Martinsville Mustangs are proud to announce that two year Mustangs pitcher Scott Diamond has signed a professional contract with the Atlanta Braves. Diamond, a rising senior at Binghamton University inked a deal with the Braves last week, ending his college career and beginning a new one in the professional ranks. Diamond's deal the Braves included a $50,000 signing bonus and the Braves also agreed to pick up Diamond's final year of school when he chooses to finish his degree. Diamond, a 21 year old lefty will report to the Braves Instructional League in Orlando in September and after the winter will report to spring training to determine where he will start the 2008 season. Diamond, a two year Mustang leads the team in almost all career record for pitchers including 11 career wins and 127 career strikeouts. Diamond is the single season record holder with a 0.50 ERA in 2006, tied for the team lead in wins with six in 2007, struck out a team record 72 batters in 2007, and held opponents to just a .187 batting average against during the 2006 season.
The Mustangs are a member of the Coastal Plains league, which is a collegiate summer league. Basically, college players (and sometimes very good ones) play for the teams in this league and leagues like it to fill the void over the summer. Diamonds' numbers certainly look incredible but don't get too excited just yet. The fact that he wasn't drafted in June and his 5.14 ERA for Binghamton University this past season aren't very good signs that he is that talented. More than likely, he won't ever amount to much in pro baseball, but maybe he is a diamond in the rough.

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