Dogs ninth in SEC in drafted players

June, 7, 2012
For purposes of comparison, I put together a full list of the 61 SEC players picked this week in the MLB First-Year Player Draft and which teams selected them. Drafted players is not the only measure of success, but it is one factor in gauging the general talent levels of the conference's teams.

Georgia’s total of three players picked tied for ninth in the league, ahead of only Alabama’s two and Tennessee’s one. It’s no coincidence that Alabama and Tennessee finished with the two worst records in the league this spring.

Florida and Kentucky tied for the most players picked with nine apiece, just ahead of Arkansas’ eight. Ole Miss had six and both LSU and South Carolina had five. Florida, LSU and South Carolina will host NCAA super regionals this weekend and Arkansas will play in a super regional at Baylor. All four teams made it through NCAA regional play without losing a game.

Here is the full list of SEC draft picks:

Alabama (2)
277. OF Taylor Dugas, N.Y. Yankees
508. P Ian Gardeck, San Francisco

Auburn (4)
307. P Derek Varnadore, N.Y. Yankees
358. OF Ryan Tella, San Francisco
544. P William Smith, Detroit
762. 2B Creede Simpson, Baltimore

Arkansas (8)
71. 3B Matt Reynolds, N.Y. Mets
74. P Nolan Sanburn, Oakland
310. P D.J. Baxendale, Minnesota
608. SS Tim Carver, Philadelphia
853. 1B Sam Bates, Kansas City
893. P Randall Fant, Cleveland
1122. OF/P Derrick Bleeker, Baltimore
1133. OF/C Jacob Morris, Cleveland

Florida (9)
3. C Mike Zunino, Seattle
31. P/1B Brian Johnson, Boston
61. SS Nolan Fontana, Houston
82. P Paco Rodriguez, L.A. Dodgers
118. P Austin Maddox, Boston
219. OF Preston Tucker, Houston
244. P Hudson Randall, Detroit
292. OF Daniel Pigott, Cincinnati
631. P Greg Larson, Boston

Georgia (3)
85. P Alex Wood, Atlanta
599. 2B Levi Hyams, Atlanta
1087. SS Kyle Farmer, N.Y. Yankees

Kentucky (9)
255. OF Brian Adams, San Diego
272. C/1B Luke Maile, Tampa Bay
340. P Taylor Rogers, Minnesota
561. 3B Thomas McCarthy, Chicago White Sox
620. P Timothy Peterson, N.Y. Mets
664. P Alex Phillips, Detroit
707. OF Cameron Flynn, Miami
820. P Jerad Grundy, Minnesota
932. C Michael Williams, Tampa Bay

LSU (5)
4. P Kevin Gausman, Baltimore
167. SS Austin Nola, Miami
217. P Nick Goody, N.Y. Yankees
937. OF Raph Rhymes, N.Y. Yankees
1024. 2B Tyler Hanover, Detroit

Mississippi State (3)
20. P Chris Stratton, San Francisco
502. P Nick Routt, Cincinnati
1097. P Kendall Graveman, Miami

Ole Miss (6)
147. 2B Alex Yarbrough, L.A. Angels
337. 1B Matt Snyder, N.Y. Yankees
451. P Dylan Chavez, Boston
603. P R.J. Hively, Arizona
819. OF Tanner Mathis, Houston
904. OF Zach Kirksey, Detroit

South Carolina (5)
132. 1B Christian Walker, Baltimore
222. P Matt Price, Baltimore
273. OF Evan Marzilli, Arizona
297. P Michael Roth, L.A. Angels
892. OF Adam Matthews, Cincinnati

Tennessee (1)
257. P Drew Steckenrider, Miami

Vanderbilt (6)
66. P Sam Selman, Kansas City
154. P Drew Verhagen, Detroit
197. SS Anthony Gomez, Miami
604. P Will Clinard, Detroit
911. OF Mike Yastrzemski, Seattle
964. OF Connor Harrell, Detroit



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