While we don’t cover OVC baseball, it’s pretty special when players get drafted into a major league.12 players that will have the opportunity to work their ways up to the majors.The Govs of Austin Peay who made their third straight NCAA appearance lead the conference with a school high five players drafted.
Reliever and OVC Pitcher of the Year Tyler Rogers of Austin Peay was selected by the San Francisco Giants. Rogers this season tied the NCAA saves mark of 23 saves in a single season and appeared in 41 games. In 49 innings he struck out 41 and allowed just nine runs.
Infielder Jordan Hankins of Austin Peay was selected by the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs announced him as a catcher which he is listed as a position according to Austin Peay but never started a game behind the plate. Hankins batted .352 and hit 11 homeruns. He is a junior and could return to Austin Peay if chooses not to sign.
Shortstop Coty Blanchard of Jacksonville State was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays. Blanchard was dual sport athlete for the Gamecocks sharing snaps at quarterback. According to a report from The Anniston Star, Blanchard’s adviser has a verbal agreement with the team on terms and is expected to sign by next week.
Starting pitcher Tristan Archer of OVC regular season champion Tennessee Tech was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers. Archer in his final season as a Golden Eagle went 9-4 with a 3.34 ERA and averaged a strikeout every inning.
Sophomore right hander Austin Coley of Belmont was selected by the New York Mets. He went 6-0 this season appearing in just 10 games for the Bruins. He pitched 57 innings and posted a 3.32 ERA and struck out 65.
First basemen and OVC Player of the Year Craig Massoni of the Govs was selected by the San Francisco Giants. Massoni was dominant this past season leading the Govs to their third straight NCAA appearance. He posted an OVC best .385 batting average, 16 homeruns, and his 68 RBI landed him second in the league.
Junior Joseph Greenfield of Eastern Illinois was selected by the Minnesota Twins. Greenfield while having a 3-6 record started 14 games for the Panthers and struck out 63 batters and had two saves as he was forced from closer to starter with Panther injuries. He lead the team with a 3.66 ERA.
Senior Dan Tobik of UT Martin was drafted by the LA Angels of Anaheim. Tobik like the rest of the Skyhawks had a rough year, posting a 1-7 record wit ha 6.24 ERA. He led the team with 71 strikeouts, which was seventh best in the OVC.
Jared Breen of Belmont was selected by the Baltimore Angels. The senior shortstop batted .292 and finished second on the team with 39 RBI. He assisted 148 plays this year, which was sixth best in the league.