CLEMSON -- Major League Baseball's first-year player draft has been unkind to Jack Leggett in past years.
Last June, Clemson's coach lost a draft-eligible freshman in Chris Dwyer, a lefty with the stuff of a future staff ace.
Kansas City selected Dwyer in the fourth round, and he turned pro after signing for $1.4 million. Ben Paulsen (3rd round, Rockies) and prized signee Madison Younginer (7th round, Red Sox) joined Dwyer as Clemson properties drafted in the top 10 rounds and subsequently turning pro.
The most costly raid came in 2002, when Zack Greinke, Jeff Francoeur, Jeremy Hermida and Matt Whitney were all Clemson signees selected during the first 50 picks.
But Leggett and Clemson appear to have a good chance to retain the majority of their drafted underclassmen for next season.
Other than Kyle Parker, Leggett did not have an underclassman or signee selected in the draft's top 10 rounds.
The next-highest Clemson draftee was John Hinson (13th round, Philadelphia) followed by signee Steve Wilkerson (15th, Boston), Jeff Schaus (27th round, Cleveland) and Casey Harman (29th round, Chicago Cubs).
Schaus and Harman were both projected to be selected higher and each said they were offered deals to be selected in the top 10 rounds, but declined overtures, seeking more lucrative signing bonuses.
Schaus indicated he would likely return unless he received a considerable above-slot deal.
Harman offered a similar sentiment.
"This is a great place to be," Harman said. "It's not worth it to just take anything to (turn pro)."
Hinson has two years of eligibility remaining and said before the draft he would likely return unless he was blown away with an offer.
Still, risk of departures remain, as Graham Stoneburner was a 14th-round pick who signed last year, though Stoneburner landed with the cash-rich Yankees.
Going, going, gone?
The latest Parker Watch update, after Parker spoke with reporters Wednesday.
"Whenever you get picked high by a team, you really don't get that opportunity coming your way a whole lot," Parker said. "By taking me, it says they think I'll be in the major leagues soon. It's going to take a lot of thought and prayer, but if it's right, I see myself going to play baseball."
Harman to start
Leggett announced Harman as his No. 1 starter for the Clemson Super Regional.
Harman started all season as the team's Friday starter, but was saved for the second game of the Auburn Regional, held to face left-handed heavy Auburn. Leggett said he'll wait to decide on a Game 2 starter.
Leggett indicated the Tigers' lineup is likely to remain set with Spencer Kieboom at catcher, Wilson Boyd in center and Will Lamb at DH when Lamb is not working as a starting pitcher.