Players, prospects get MLB draft call

By NEMS Daily Journal

For Ole Miss and Mississippi State, the fallout from the draft was no less than expected.
Now begins the negotiating and waiting.
Major League Baseball teams have until Aug. 15 to sign their picks. The draft went into high gear Tuesday with rounds 2 through 30.
Ole Miss had a collection of signees, underclassmen and seniors taken, the most significant selection being in the eighth round when Boston put two sports in jeopardy by taking Pascagoula’s Senquez Golson.
If he chooses college, Golson is expected to make an impact in the secondary this football season, then on the basepaths next spring.
He has let it be known that he’ll want more than $1 million to sign. Typically, that’s more than would be paid in the eighth round.
The first player with Ole Miss connections taken was Leander, Texas, signee Michael Reed, an outfielder who went to Milwaukee with the 161st pick.
The Brewers looked to Ole Miss again when they selected right-handed pitcher David Goforth, a fourth-year junior, in the seventh round with the 221st pick. Goforth returned to school for the 2011 season after being selected in the 31st round by Cleveland last year.
Other Ole Miss selections:
- Junior left-handed pitcher Austin Wright to Philadelphia in the eighth round (271th).
- Signee Jake Overbey of Jackson, Tenn., to Philadelphia in the 10th round (331st). Overbey is the brother of current Ole Miss player Preston Overbey.
- Senior catcher-first baseman Miles Hamblin to Houston in the 12th round (370th).
- Signee RHP Hawtin Buchanan of Biloxi to Washington in the 19th round (No. 577th).
- Signee first baseman Sikes Orvis of Orlando, Fla., to Boston in the 19th round (592nd).
- Signee RHP Josh Laxer of Madison to Washington in the 20th round (607th).
- Junior LHP Matt Crouse to Detroit in the 24th round (737th).
- Senior pitcher-infielder Matt Tracy to the New York Yankees in the 24th round (749th).
- Signee catcher Ryan Hornback of San Jacinto Community College to Pittsburgh in the 27th round (812th).
Five with MSU ties
Three current Bulldogs and two signees were drafted Tuesday. The signees were Brandon Woodruff (fifth round, No. 174 overall, Texas Rangers) and Jacob Lindgren (12th round, No. 371 overall, Chicago Cubs).
Junior pitcher Devin Jones went in the ninth round to Baltimore (No. 275 overall); senior third baseman Jarrod Parks went in the 24th round to the Los Angeles Angels (No. 735 overall); and senior infielder Nick Vickerson was taken in the 20th round by Texas (No. 624 overall).
The Bulldogs are set to play Florida in an NCAA super regional this weekend, so Jones is trying to keep his focus on that instead of whether he’ll return to school.
The success MSU is having now makes it a tougher call for the Eupora native.
“I feel like this team has got so much potential,” Jones said.
Jones has potential, too, according to both MSU coach John Cohen and the pro scouts. He just hasn’t fully blossomed yet. This season, he’s 2-5 with a 4.45 ERA, and he lost his weekend starting job.
Parks, who went higher than he expected, leads the Bulldogs with a .365 average.
Vickerson, who’s played mostly second base this season and was drafted as a shortstop, is second on the team with a .314 average and fourth with 31 RBIs.
Contributing: Parrish Alford, Brad Locke