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Four Razorbacks in top 100 draft prospects

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FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas baseball team had four players listed on Baseball America’s top 100 college prospects for the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, as released on Thursday.

Junior right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek was ranked as the third-best college prospect for the 2013 MLB Draft, while junior right-handed pitcher Colby Suggs was listed as the 16th-best prospect. Junior right-handed pitcher Barrett Astin was ranked as the 65th-best prospect and junior infielder Dominic Ficociello was the 74th-best prospect.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Stanek has developed into one of the top pitchers in college baseball. The right hander started 17 games as a sophomore and finished the season with an 8-4 record and a 2.82 ERA. He ranked tied for 10th in the SEC in ERA, 10th in opposing batting average (.229), tied for 10th in innings pitched (92.2), 12th in strikeouts (83) and tied for seventh in wins. Stanek, who was named to the watch list for the National Pitcher of the Year Award and the Golden Spikes Award, saved some of his best performances for the postseason. In three postseason starts last season, Stanek compiled a 2-0 record with a 1.59 ERA. He threw eight scoreless innings in Arkansas’ victory over Rice in the Houston Regional and was named Most Outstanding Player of the regional. In the College World Series, Stanek allowed just one run on three hits over six innings in the Razorbacks’ victory over South Carolina.

Through his first two seasons as a Razorback, Stanek has a 12-6 record with a 3.27 ERA. In 156.2 innings of work, Stanek has struck out 124 batters and has held the opposition to a .222 batting average.

Suggs was one of the best relievers out of the Arkansas bullpen in 2012. The Sulphur Springs, Texas, native appeared in 30 games, all in relief, last season and finished the year with a 7-1 record with a 1.38 ERA. Suggs held opposing hitters to a .203 batting average, while striking out 36 batters in 39 innings of work. Suggs ranked tied for 10th in the SEC in wins and was tied for 10th in appearances. Suggs did not allow a run in 24 of his 30 outings last season and had streaks of eight and 11 consecutive appearances without allowing a run.

Suggs has pitched in 42 games in his Razorback career and has a 9-2 record with a 1.22 ERA. He has struck out 58 batters in 59 innings of work and opposing batters are hitting just .171 against him.

Astin pitched in a team-high 32 games, 29 out of the bullpen, as a sophomore. A native of Forrest City, Ark., Astin finished the 2012 season with a 3-5 record, a team-high 11 saves and a 1.99 ERA. His 11 saves were the third-highest single-season total in school history, while his 32 appearances were the seventh-highest single-season total in school annals. Astin, who was named to the watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, ranked tied for third in the SEC in saves and was tied for seventh in the conference in appearances. Astin opened the 2012 season by throwing 22.2 consecutive scoreless innings and tossed eight shutout innings in four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Astin has pitched in 59 games in his first two seasons at Arkansas and has an 8-7 record with 14 saves and a 2.36 ERA. Astin’s 14 saves rank tied for third in school history, while his career ERA of 2.36 is the fifth-best in school history.

A native of Fullerton, Calif., Ficociello played and started 67 games during the 2012 season and hit .290 with six homers and 41 RBI. In league play, Ficociello batted .301 with four homers and 19 RBI. He finished the season second on the team in RBI and walks (33) and tied for second in homers. Ficociello also added 20 multi-hit games, which was tied for the team lead, and nine multi-RBI games, which ranked second on the team. Ficociello was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for the second-straight season after committing six errors and posting a fielding percentage of .991.

Ficociello has played in 128 games and made 126 starts over his first two seasons at Arkansas and is hitting .311 with 10 homers and 91 RBI.

Along with the four current Razorbacks among the top 100 college prospects for the 2013 MLB Draft, Arkansas signee Teddy Stankiewicz was also included on the list. Stankiewicz, who will pitch at Seminole State College this spring, is ranked as the 66th-best college prospect in next June’s draft.

Arkansas opens the 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15, when it hosts Western Illinois. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.

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