By NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss junior Matt Snyder on Wednesday became the sixth member of the Rebels’ baseball team to be selected in the 2011 MLB Draft when he was taken by Washington in the 44th round.
Snyder hit .301 this season with a team-leading nine home runs and 38 RBIs. Snyder was pick No. 1,327.
He is currently recovering from a fractured cheek bone sustained last Saturday in summer league play.
Three more Ole Miss signees were drafted Wednesday, bringing the number of signees selected to 10.
Minnesota took lefty pitcher Dylan Chavez, a juco transfer from American River College, in the 32nd round with the 988th pick.
Cleveland took outfielder Will Jamison, a Memphis native who prepped at Evangelical Christian School, in the 45th round with the 1,358th pick.
The Los Angeles Dodgers took Chris Ellis, a right-handed pitcher from Hoover, Ala., in the 50th round with the 1,514th pick.
n Mississippi State had one other player drafted Wednesday, with outfielder Jaron Shepherd being picked by Colorado in the 33rd round (No. 1,008 overall). The senior was the fourth current Bulldog taken this week; two signees also were drafted.
Shepherd is hitting .295 with 12 stolen bases this season, and he’s been a huge defensive asset in right field. Like other Bulldogs drafted, he won’t be talking much with his new team until the Bulldogs’ season is done – they play at Florida this weekend in the Gainesville Super Regional.
n Tupelo High school centerfielder William Goss was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 45th round, the 1,373 overall pick. Goss helped the Golden Wave to the Class 6A title series, where they lost in three games to Petal.
Goss, who signed with Itawamba Community College, batted leadoff for the Golden Wave. He hit .370 with a .470 on-base percentage this past year and led the Wave with 37 runs scored while belting 11 doubles.
n Former Northeast Mississippi Community College catcher Phillip Chapman, of Clinton, was selected in the 35th round by the Minnesota Twins with the 1,078th pick.
Chapman, a 5-11 196-pound senior at Memphis, hit .388 for the Tigers last season.