The storm is over, the sky has ceased from falling and now that the dust has began to clear, the Ole Miss coaching staff can begin to assess its roster after the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft appears to have done a number it.
On Wednesday, the final day of the three-day event, Ole Miss had four more current and future Rebels selected, bringing its total to 16. Junior college pitcher Dylan Chavez was taken in the 32nd round by the Minnesota Twins, while junior designated hitter Matt Snyder was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 44th round. Freshman outfielder Will Jamison and freshman pitcher Chris Ellis were selected by the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers in the 45th and 50th rounds respectively.
All in all, the Diamond Rebels are able to break down the 2011 MLB draft as such: two seniors and four underclassmen with eligibility remaining were selected, as were eight incoming freshmen and two junior college transfers.
Ole Miss won’t officially know what toll the draft will play on its 2012 roster, however, until Aug. 16 at 12:01 a.m. when the signing deadline has officially passed. (June 9, 2011, Page 6)