Pretty much every year the Ole Miss baseball team is decimated by the draft, either losing major contributors or major potential contributors. That's just the way college baseball works though. Players generally don't choose to stay through their senior seasons unless they go undrafted, and even then one never knows. "Want five thousand dollars?" "Sure."
The Major League Baseball draft begins Monday night (only the first two rounds actually taking place tonight) at 7 ET / 6 CT and could see a number of Rebels and future Rebels drafted. Among others, this draft could see the names of Scott Weathersby, Jacob Waguespack, and Sikes Orvis called. On top of the current Rebels, there are a number of high school signees who could be drafted high enough to skip college. From what has been suggested to me, it's likely that the class will come out of the draft with only one or two casualties.
No one associated with Ole Miss is expected to be picked in the first two rounds, but there will be a number of names called over the next two days. The future of Ole Miss' team, which has lost too many promising high school players to the draft in recent years, depends on things like this draft. If Bianco can get better talent to Oxford, he has shown he can produce good results.
We will be updating this post whenever Ole Miss players are picked. Feel free to talk about anything related to the draft (or anything else I guess).
- RHP Scott Weathersby: 10th round (No. 289 overall) to the Houston Astros
- 1B Sikes Orvis: 17th round (No. 502) to the Chicago White Sox
- RHP Brady Bramlett: 22nd round (No. 668) to the Oakland Athletics
- LHP Christian Trent: 24th round (No. 721) to the Milwaukee Brewers
By the way, a couple of former Rebels have also been drafted: Brantley Bell (11th round to the Reds) and Dalton Dulin (17th round to the Nationals).