MLB Rebels: Two Ole Miss Recruits Nabbed on Day One of Draft

Rich Schultz

The Ole Miss Rebel baseball program had two commits selected on the first day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

First, left-handed pitcher Foster Griffin was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the 28th pick of the first round. Griffin is a 6'5", 195 pound ace out of the First Academy in Orlando, Florida. His slot value is right around $1.8M which, I'll admit, is a lot of money.

Next, Ti'Quan Forbes, a high school shortstop out of Columbia, Mississippi, was selected by the Texas Rangers in the second round with the 59th overall pick. He is a 6'4", 175 pound prospect who is generally regarded as the top high schooler in Mississippi. His slot value is $0.96M.

I would guess that both would sign, but do not know any particulars right now. Still, be confident that neither Griffin nor Forbes will ever play ball in a Rebel uniform.

Some other names to watch for today would be Tate Blackman, a shortstop from,Altamonte Springs, Florida who is listed at No. 217 in the top 350 MLB draft prospects, and Clay Casey, an outfielder from Southaven, Mississippi rated as the No. 221 prospect. The top 500 draft prospects is available here from Baseball America (although there are many other draft-related publications I'd use as well).

As for current Rebels, Ole Miss ace Chris Ellis is likely to go early today when the draft resumes. Relievers Josh Laxer Hawtin Buchanan, as well as center fielder Austin Bousfield are both top prospects to watch today as well. Interestingly enough, former Rebel outfielder and current starting cornerback for the Rebel football team Senquez Golson is listed as a potential target by a few publications.

One other note on Rebs in professional baseball (whose subtitle is "the futility of the pitcher win as a statistic"), Drew Pomeranz had perhaps his finest outing yesterday, going seven innings, giving up six hits, two runs, one earned, and one walk while dishing out seven strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches, 69 for strikes. But he picked up the loss anyway, to move his record to 5-3 on the year. Interestingly, he struggled in his last outing (5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 5 K) but picked up the win in that one. The lesson to learn is that a pitcher's record isn't a great indicator of his acumen.

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