FAYETTEVILLE – Three players from the Arkansas baseball team were selected on the second day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, held on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior infielder Matt Reynolds
and sophomore pitcher Nolan Sanburn
were each drafted in the second round. Reynolds went to the New York Mets with the 71st overall pick, while Sanburn was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 74th overall pick. Junior right-handed pitcher DJ Baxendale
was taken in the 10th round (310th overall) by the Minnesota Twins.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Reynolds has been the top offensive performer for the Razorbacks this season. A Collegiate Baseball third-team All-American, Reynolds leads Arkansas in all three triple crown categories with a .343 batting average, seven homers and 42 RBI. A first-team All-SEC selection and an All-SEC Defensive Team choice, Reynolds also leads the team or is tied for the team lead in runs (45), hits (73), doubles (20), total bases (114), slugging percentage (.535), walks (37), on-base percentage (.448) and stolen bases (15). Reynolds has recorded a team-high 20 multi-hit games and a team-leading 12 multi-RBI performances.
Reynolds has played in 143 games in his career, including 134 starts, and is hitting .282 with 11 homers and 69 RBI. He has a career on-base percentage of .390 and a career slugging percentage of .426.
A Kokomo, Ind., product, Sanburn has pitched in 20 games, 16 out of the bullpen, and has a 4-1 record with a 2.58 ERA. In 38.1 innings, Sanburn has allowed 14 runs, 11 earned, on 27 hits and struck out 46 batters. Opposing hitters are batting just .196 against the sophomore righty. Sanburn earned the win in Arkansas’ regional championship victory over Sam Houston State last Sunday, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Sanburn has appeared in 44 games in his first two seasons as a Razorback and has a 6-5 record with eight saves and a 3.06 ERA. In 70.2 innings, Sanburn has struck out 81 batters and allowed just 55 hits. He’s held the opposition to a .216 batting average as a collegiate.
A native of Jacksonville, Ark., Baxendale has started 17 games in his junior season and has a 7-4 record with a 2.83 ERA. In a team-high 92.1 innings, Baxendale has allowed 36 runs, 29 earned, on 84 hits and has struck out a team-best 85 batters. In his last nine starts, Baxendale has posted a 1.51 ERA, throwing 59.2 innings and striking out 58 batters.
In his career, Baxendale has made 65 appearances, the seventh most in school history and has a 17-8 record with 10 saves. His 2.57 ERA is the sixth lowest by an Arkansas pitcher and his 10 saves are tied for eighth all-time.
In addition to the three current Razorbacks that were drafted on Tuesday, five Arkansas signees were selected as well. Teddy Stankiewicz, a right-handed pitcher from Fort Worth, Texas, was selected in the second round (75th overall) by the New York Mets. D’Vone McClure, an outfielder from Jacksonville, Ark., was a fourth round (143rd overall) pick of the Cleveland Indians, while Ty Buttrey, a right-handed pitcher from Matthews, N.C., was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round (151st overall). Colin Poche, a left-handed pitcher from Flower Mound, Texas, was drafted in the fifth round (162nd overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. Shilo McCall, an outfielder from Farmington, N.M., was selected in the ninth round (298th overall) by the San Francisco Giants.
The 2012 MLB Draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 16-40.