Blue Jays fifth-round draft pick Andrew Chin, a Newton resident and recent graduate of Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, will not sign with the club and instead honor his commitment to Boston College, he told ESPNBoston.com this morning.
The crafty lefthander was one of the more surprising picks of the draft, having shut it down just five innings into his senior season this spring at BB&N to have Tommy John surgery. Chin said he was offered a $275,000 bonus, along with tuition for BC.
"The money wasn't right," said Chin, who still has until midnight tonight to change his mind. "It wasn't a bad offer, but the amount I'd be giving up if I take the money would outweigh the benefits, so I figured why not just wait couple of years."
Chin, who had the surgery last May, also said he will begin light-tossing in three weeks.