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Jordan Lyles talks about pre-draft workouts

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Interesting article about how high school and college players have to pick and choose which team workouts they attend. A big focus on Jordan Lyles as a workout success story, especially since he hadn't initially planned on going to Houston's workout. Some relevant quotes: "I had been recruited by schools for three different sports, so I didn't have a lot of trouble sorting everything out," Lyles said. "The main thing I looked at was focusing on the ones I could drive to due to the cost involved." ... Yet the more Lyles and his adviser, Lee Long of the Palmetto Sports Management Group, studied the situation, the more attractive an invite to Minute Maid Park in Houston became. Long noted the Astros had supplemental picks after the first and third rounds as well as all of their regular selections. Add in the team's lack of depth in its farm system and Long believed the investment of a plane ticket to Texas could pay dividends for Lyles and his family. ... "We initially hadn't planned on going to Houston," Lyles said. "It seems like only a few weeks ago, and I can remember every pitch I threw in that workout. It was definitely a good decision to go there."

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