Originally Posted by Fungo
I understand, but from a maturity standpoint, I think that gives the college kid more polish. IMO, I tend to think that, outside the first maybe 3 rounds of the draft, and obviously there are exceptions to the rule, that high schoolers are drafted more on how they 'project' rather than on knowing how to pitch.
Keep in mind that the colleges get the pitchers that the draft doesn't gobble up. Granted, there are a lot of good pitchers that go to college instead of signing, but there is still a difference.
Watch good college baseball and then go watch High A baseball. You will see a big difference. The arms are stronger. The pitchers rely much less on breaking balls (granted aluminum bats make a difference). I really think most top college programs would have trouble competing at the Low A level. Otherwise, everybody in college would get drafted.