Barrett, Ferguson get MLB call

By NEMS Daily Journal

Two Ole Miss players were selected on Tuesday, the second day of major league baseball’s amateur draft.
Senior pitcher Aaron Barrett was taken in the ninth round (266th overall) by the Washington Nationals and junior outfielder Tim Ferguson went to the Kansas City Royals in the 10th round (299th).
Rebels junior pitcher Drew Pomeranz was selected No. 5 overall by Cleveland on Monday.
Barrett was the Saturday starter for Ole Miss, going 7-5 with a 4.34 ERA in 16 starts.
“I’m super excited,” Barrett said of being drafted by the Nationals. “Washington is a great organization with a lot of room for a young pitcher to move up.”
Ferguson hit .307 in his Ole Miss career with 48 steals.
“I’m really excited to see my name pop up with Kansas City in the draft,” Ferguson said. “I have family in that area and grew up going to watch the Royals play. … It’s cool to see that happen and go to a team I like.”
One Ole Miss recruit was drafted on Tuesday. Austin Wright, a left-handed pitcher from Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, was selected in the 23rd round (713th) by Boston.
The draft wraps up today.
Two Bulldogs drafted
– Mississippi State first baseman Connor Powers, an 11th-round pick by the Dodgers last year, was taken in the 21st round by San Diego with the 634th overall pick.
Powers returned to MSU for his senior year and saw most of his offensive numbers go up, including batting average (.379) and RBIs (68). Despite his efforts, MSU finished the season 23-33 overall, including a program-worst 6-24 SEC mark.
Also taken from MSU was Jet Butler, by the New York Mets in the 26th round (782nd). An outfielder and second baseman, Butler hit .329 as a senior.
A Bulldog signee, outfielder Corey Dickerson, went to Colorado in the eighth round (260th).
Also notable
– Justin Woodall of Alabama, the Oxford native who started at strong safety for Alabama’s 2009 national champions, was drafted as a pitcher in the 26th round (791st) by Tampa Bay. He was an outstanding high school lefty at Lafayette but did not play baseball in college.
– Pitcher Scott Copeland of Southern Miss was selected in the 21st round (628th overall) by Baltimore.
– Shortstop JaCoby Jones, an LSU signee from Richton, was selected in the 19th round (573rd) by Houston.

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