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16 June 2017, 05:51 | Lena Norman
Players long have sought to express their personal style on the field and capitalize on the intersection of fashion and sports in a way other leagues don't allow, and the result will be a test of boundaries baseball may be inclined to stretch in the future depending on the weekend's success. The draft-eligible sophomore posted a 2.25 ERA across ten relief appearances on the year, including three saves.
Seven high school players from Alabama were chosen with Dakota Bennett, a left-handed pitcher from Brewer High School the first state selection on the last day in the 11th round by the Miami Marlins, the 329th pick overall. UA was the last SEC school to have a current player drafted.
Suchey and Taylor were the lone Tide players selected over the three days, while Troy University did not have any player selected during the three days of the draft.
It is unclear if every player on every team will participate. He threw a team-high 73 2/3 innings this season with a 3.18 ERA.
Right-handed pitcher Ryan Nutof went in the 16th round, No. 467 overall to the Cincinnati Reds. The Laguna Niguel, Calif., product hit.285 and slugged.380 with 21 RBI and 23 runs scored in 48 games. The righty was the 614th overall player selected. "That's 63.5 percent of the 1,215 picks, up from 62.9 percent in 2016".
Only certain players can be drafted. The Roselle, Ill., product headlined the Bears rotation for four seasons and earned Second Team All-Ivy honors as a senior. He was a member of the All-SEC Academic Team this past year. In League play, he hit.390, slugged.636 and compiled a.455 on-base percentage. "While Nelson and Lescher have the option to sign or return, Cousins and Bleday, as seniors, will sign professional contracts and soon begin their journeys toward the major leagues".
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