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Potential future ace Jared Horn remains firm in his commitment to Cal Baseball, not drafted in MLB Draft Day 1

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The potential future ace of the next three years for Cal Baseball is the highest ranked prospect not drafted in Day 1 of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Golden Bears may have lost Daulton Jefferies to the Oakland A's, but help may be on the way in the form of Jared Horn.
Golden Bears may have lost Daulton Jefferies to the Oakland A's, but help may be on the way in the form of Jared Horn.
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UPDATE: Jared Horn was drafted in the 20th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. It is very unlikely that the Brewers can spare $3 million (the alleged bonus needed to get Horn to turn pro) for Jared Horn.

Cal Baseball may have lost Daulton Jefferies to professional baseball (Jefferies was drafted 37th overall by the local Oakland A's), but may have kept a future ace in Cal commit Jared Horn, a big RHP from Napa, California - Vintage High School.

Ryan Gorcey of Bear Territory has an exclusive last night that Horn intends to honor his commitment to Cal, unless he gets life changing money. Best news for this whole development is that Jared Horn remains one of the top guy to not be undrafted through Day 1 of the 2016 MLB Draft.

MLB Pipeline has Horn, ranked 34th overall, as the top guy left on their board. Here is their blurb on Jared.

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 45 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50

Napa, in Northern California, is known more for producing wine than baseball players. Horn, a strong, athletic right-hander from Vintage High School, could change all of that.

Horn has been on radar screens for a while, but really saw his stock soar as the spring progressed. While other intriguing prep arms in California have been inconsistent, Horn has been impressive on a regular basis. The 6-foot-3 righty has some serious power stuff, headlined by a fastball that has consistently been up to 94-96 mph this spring. He throws two breaking balls, with the curve a bit ahead of the slider. Throwing from a higher slot, he gets under the slider at times, but when he stays on top of it, it can be a nasty out pitch. His changeup is a bit behind, but is a viable option.

In addition to his stuff, scouts love the Cal commit's competitiveness and the football mentality -- he was also his high school's quarterback -- he brings to the mound. That should help him maximize his formidable raw stuff and fly off the board as early as the first round.

Similar to a more famous Jared that just left Cal, Horn apparently was his high school's starting QB as well. If Sonny Dykes want to add even more intrigue to the QB competition...

Scout's Jeff Ellis also has Horn among his top guys left at 6th. Ellis thinks that Horn will need at least $3 million to be lured away from attending Cal. This draft has seen quite a few teams being very creative in their way to use the set amount of allowable bonuses; there is still a slim chance that a team may find a way to get Horn to turn pro. Nevertheless, for the current moment, Cal fans can rejoice in having such a talent coming to Berkeley in the fall.

Horn will not turn 18 until July, meaning that he will not be eligible for the MLB Draft for another 3 years, should he come to Cal.

Last year, Cal commit Mike Soroka was lured away by being drafted 28th by the Atlanta Braves. Soroka, pitching for Rome in Single A, is now one of the faster rising prospects in the Braves system.

GO BEARS!