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Day 2 heats up for Diamond Rebels

BLOG: After a quiet Day 1 the Rebels saw several players selected on Day 2 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

After Leander, Texas outfielder Michael Reed was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth round with the 161 overall pick, the Brew Crew selected David Goforth with their seventh round selection (221 overall).

Goforth improved his draft position 24 spots after being selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round in 2010.

During a brief phone interview following his selection Reed said he hopes to get a deal worked out as soon as possible to begin his pro career. He added that if the Brewers did not meet his “number” (I.E.: contract demands) that Ole Miss provides a good backup plan.

Forty-one picks later dual sport standout Senquez Golson was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 262nd overall selection.

With the final pick in the eighth round, left-hander Austin Wright was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies. Like Goforth, Wright improved his draft stock mightily after being selected in the 23th round of the 2010 draft.

The Phillies called on the Rebels again at the end of the 10th round selecting Ole Miss signee Jake Overbey. Overbey, a shortstop from Jackson, Tenn., is the brother of current Rebel Preston Overbey.

With the 370th overall pick, the Houston Astros selected Rebel catcher Miles Hamblin.

After a bit of a lull in the action Ole Miss signee Hawtin Buchanan, a 6-foot-8 right-hander from Biloxi, was selected in the 19th round with the 577th overall pick by the Washington Nationals.

Later in the 19th round the Red Sox came back to Ole Miss’ signing class, selecting Freedom (Fla.) High standout Sikes Orvis.

The run on Ole Miss signees continued in the 20th round with the Nationals selecting Madison Central standout Josh Laxer at No. 607 overall.

While I was at Lafayette covering a smorgasbord of Lafayette baseball and softball, as well as Water Valley baseball and softball Matt Crouse was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 24th round (No. 737 overall), outfielder Matt Tracy was selected with the 749th pick (24th round) by the New York Yankees and San Jacento (Texas) Junior College catcher Ryan Hornback was selected at No. 812 by the Pittsburgh Pirates (27th round).

Hornback’s selection concluded the Rebels’ participation in Day 2 of the MLB Draft.

Day 3 (Rounds 31-50) will start up again at 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday and will be once again be streamed live on MLB.com.

GETTING THE CALL:
Below is where current and future Rebels were selected in the MLB Draft.
No. 161 OF Michael Reed (Milwaukee Brewers)*
No. 221 RHP David Goforth (Milwaukee Brewers)
No. 262 OF Senquez Golson (Boston Red Sox)*
No. 271 LHP Austin Wright (Philadelphia Phillies)
No. 331 SS Jake Overbey (Philadelphia Phillies)*
No. 370 C Miles Hamblin (Houston Astros)
No. 577 RHP Hawtin Buchanan (Washington Nationals)*
No. 592 1B Sikes Orvis (Boston Red Sox)*
No. 607 RHP Josh Laxer (Washington Nationals)*
No. 737 LHP Matt Crouse (Detroit Tigers)
No. 749 OF/LHP Matt Tracy (New York Yankees)
No. 812 C Ryan Hornback (Pittsburgh Pirates)**
*Denotes Ole Miss signee
**Denotes junior college transfer

The draft will end today at the conclusion of the 30th round and will conclude on Wednesday with picks 31-50.

STAY UPDATED: For updates regarding where the Rebels stand with the draft follow me on Twitter: @patrickochs (June 7, 2011)

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