They've been interviewed and analyzed, dissected and debated. Now, it is D-Day for two of South Carolina's best baseball prospects.
Clemson's Kyle Parker and Wando's Drew Cisco are certainly going to be in the mix and mentioned today, the first day of the Major League Baseball draft.
Soon they will have to decide on professional baseball or a pretty impressive plan B, which makes these players unique.
Parker is a power-hitting outfielder who is No. 37 on Baseball America's top 200 national prospects. He just might have more leverage and ability than anyone in the draft not named Bryce Harper. The 17-year-old Harper is expected to be the first pick today. He has been called "the LeBron James of baseball" by Sports Illustrated.
Parker is the only player in Division I history to throw for 20 touchdowns and hit 15 homers in the same season. If the money isn't right, he can tell major league teams he's going to remain as the big man on Clemson's campus.
Cisco, No. 74 nationally, also has a nice plan B. Baseball America's Jon Manuel says Cisco is so polished as a pitcher that you have to compare him to a college pitcher who is entering the MLB draft. If Cisco doesn't get the signing bonus he wants, he can head to Athens, Ga., in the fall and be the ace of the University of Georgia's pitching staff next spring.
"It's not fair to compare him to other high school pitchers," Manuel said of Cisco. "He's atypical. Most high school pitchers have stuff and aren't polished. He's polished, so polished and mature.
"Both players are in unique situations," Manuel added. "Both players have options that other players don't. It all comes down to signability."
Signability refers to the likelihood that a player will sign with a team that drafts him.
Manuel expects both Parker and Cisco to pick professional baseball over Plan B.
"I don't know of too many baseball players who are on Kyle Parker's level as a football player," Manuel said. "That said, he's a 6-foot quarterback, and I don't think he'd get as much (bonus) money as he would if he signed to play baseball. This year's draft is light in college power hitters and that gives him added leverage. If I am reading the tea leaves, I think Clemson is looking for a new quarterback this fall."
Manuel said it is much more difficult to predict Cisco's decision.
"Basically, he's a college pitcher right now," Manuel said. "He's mature beyond his years, and all that said, he might have more fun living the college life, being the ace on the staff of the Georgia team as a freshman.
"On the flip side, I don't think he will go as high as he thinks," added Manuel. "I don't think he's a compensation pick. He has a fringe, average fastball. He can throw it 92 mph, but in most situations, he's throwing it 86-90 mph. It's not a plus fastball."
Parker and Cisco are two of six players from the Palmetto State who are ranked in the top 200 of Baseball America's prospects. The publication calls it a banner year for the Palmetto State.
Asher Wojciechowski, a righthanded pitcher from The Citadel, is the top-ranked player from South Carolina. He checks in at No. 22. Sam Dyson, a right-handed pitcher for the South Carolina Gamecocks is No. 106, while Charleston Sourthern right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg is No. 190. College of Charleston righty Heath Hembree is No. 200.
Two local high school players could hear their names called by the time the draft ends. They are Hanahan pitcher Bryce Hines and Stratford pitcher Chris Hanna.
Top Coastal Carolina players eligible for the draft include Cody Wheeler, Rico Noel, Austin Fleet, Scott Woodward, Jose Iglesias and Jimmy Birmingham.
Clemson players likely to be drafted include Jeff Schaus, Casey Harman, John Hinson and Chris Epps.
South Carolina's other draft prospects inlude Whit Merrifield, Blake Cooper and Nick Ebert.
College of Charleston draft prospects include Kevin Decker, Rob Kral and Joey Bergman.
The Citadel's other draft prospects include Drew Mahaffey and Matt Talley.