By Harold McIlvain II
FAYETTEVILLE―The Razorback baseball team will be fighting for a shot at a Super Regional tonight at 7 p.m. against Washington State at Baum Stadium.
It will be the game of the year for the Diamond Hogs, as the do-or-die game will determine if many Razorbacks get to continue to be just that―members of the Razorback baseball team.
The MLB Draft starts tonight with the first 50 picks of the first round and compensation selection, and many Arkansas baseball players will be taken in the draft that continues until Wednesday.
But Razorback outfielder Brett Eibner said he hasn’t really worried about the MLB Draft, as the team has been focused on making it to another Super Regional.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Eibner said before the Fayetteville Regional. “I went throughout it in high school and it didn’t affect me then. I’m just doing the same thing now having fun playing baseball. The draft will take care of itself.”
Below are some potential players who could be taken in the draft tonight:
- Sophomore third baseman Zack Cox: The Kentucky native originally was taken in the 20th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school. He is likely a top-10 pick this time around.
- Junior outfielder/pitcher Brett Eibner: The two-way Texas native was taken in the fourth round by the Houston Astros, but he turned down the money to be a Razorback. He could be a late first round pick.
- Junior first baseman Andy Wilkins: the slugger was a 25th round pick coming out of high school.
- Redshirt sophomore Drew Smyly: wasn’t taken in the MLB Draft out of high school. But with a great year and Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn saying scouts obsoletely love the left-hander, he could be taken pretty high.
- Senior pitcher Mike Bolsinger: The senior was taken in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians out of high school and then in the 33rd round last year by the Oakland Athletics. He couldn’t come to terms with the team and came back for another shot to be selected even higher.