FAYETTEVILLE – The signing deadline for players drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft passed on Monday night with the Arkansas baseball team keeping one current player and seven signees that were taken during the June draft.
Rising redshirt junior left handed pitcher Trent Daniel, a 23rd-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers, did not sign before the 10:59 p.m. (CT) deadline on Monday night, opting to return to Fayetteville for the 2012 season. The Fort Smith, Ark., native pitchedin 26 games in 2011, ranking second on the team. Daniel finished the year with a 2-0 record with four saves and a 2.91 ERA. Daniel struck out 48 batters in 43.1 innings and held the opposition to a .184 batting average.
James McCann, Collin Kuhn, Kyle Robinson, Jarrod McKinney and Geoffrey Davenport all signed professional contracts. McCann was taken in the second round (76th overall) by the Detroit Tigers, while Collin Kuhn and Kyle Robinson were drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Kuhn was a 17th round (531st overall) selection, while Robinson was taken in the 28th round (861st overall). McKinney was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 31st round (940th overall) and Davenport was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 43rd round (1298th overall).
Eleven incoming Arkansas signees were drafted in the MLB Draft with seven opting to attend the UA instead of sign a professional contract. Infielder/outfielder Joe Serrano (Cincinnati Reds, 12th round, 385th overall), right-handed pitcher Conor Costello (Cincinnati Reds, 16th round, 505th overall), infielder/right-handed pitcher Brian Anderson (Minnesota Twins, 20th round, 628th overall), right-handed pitcher Chris Oliver (Baltimore Orioles, 27th round, 815th overall), right-handed pitcher Greg Milhorn (Detroit Tigers, 29th round, 917th overall), left-handed pitcher Mark Reyes (Baltimore Orioles, 46th round, 1385th overall) and infielder David Masters (Arizona Diamondbacks, 50th round, 1504th overall) did not sign before the deadline and will join the Arkansas baseball team this fall.
Four drafted recruits did sign before the deadline. Brandon Nimmo, the 13th overall pick of the New York Mets, Michael Fulmer, a supplemental first round (44th overall) choice of the Mets, Dillon Howard, a second round (67th overall) pick of the Cleveland Indians and Greg Bird, a fifth round (179th overall) choice of the New York Yankees, all signed professional contracts.