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McKinney, Davenport selected in MLB Draft

BY ANDRES FOCIL
McKinney, Davenport selected in MLB Draft

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas junior outfielder Jarrod McKinney and junior left-handed pitcher Geoffrey Davenport were drafted on the final day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

McKinney was drafted in the 31st round (940th overall) by the Houston Astros, while Davenport was a 43rd round (1298th overall) selection of the Cleveland Indians.

With the selection of McKinney and Davenport, six current Razorbacks were taken in the 2011 MLB Draft. James McCann (Detroit, 2nd round), Collin Kuhn (Chicago White Sox, 17th round), Trent Daniel (Detroit, 23rd round) and Kyle Robinson (Chicago White Sox, 28th round) were all drafted on Tuesday.

A Hughes Spring, Texas, native, McKinney played in 54 games, and made 50 starts, during the 2011 season. McKinney was one of three Arkansas players to hit over .300, batting .301 with two homers and 20 RBI. McKinney had 14 multi-hit games during his junior season, including four in his last five games played. McKinney also hit over .300 in conference games, hitting .304 with a homer and nine RBI. McKinney was Arkansas’ top hitter in the NCAA Tempe Regional, earning All-Regional honors after hitting .533 (8-for-15) with two RBI, three doubles, a triple and three runs scored

McKinney has played in 109 games and made 83 starts in his collegiate career and has a .255 batting average with three homers, 30 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Davenport compiled a 3-1 record with a 4.95 ERA in six appearances, including three starts, in 2011. The Fort Worth, Texas, native suffered an elbow injury against Kansas on March 15 and was sidelined for the rest of the season. In 20 innings pitched, Davenport struck out 22 and gave up 11 runs on 18 hits, holding opponents to a .243 batting average.

Davenport has pitched in 36 games, 30 games in relief, as a Razorback and has a 5-3 record with a save and a 4.45 ERA.

Four Arkansas signees were selected on the final day of the draft bringing the total of Arkansas signees picked in the 2011 draft to 11. Nevin Wilson, a left-handed pitcher from Scottsdale, Ariz., was drafted in the 44th round (1351st overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies. Mark Reyes, a left-handed pitcher from Hot Springs, Ark., was picked in the 46th round (1385th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. An infielder from Brenham, Texas, Drake Roberts was a 49th round (1498th overall) selection of the Minnesota Twins. David Masters, an infielder from St. Louis, Mo., was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 50th round (1504th overall).



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