Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mizzou in the MLB Draft

While the Tigers are focused on this weekend's Tucson Regional, there's another event going on after the weekend that might impact several of the Tigers.  19 current Tigers and ALL of Mizzou's incoming recruiting class are eligible for the MLB draft.

The MLB Draft is coming up this week on June 4th, 5th and 6th.
  • June 4, 6 PM CT Round 1
  • June 5, 11 AM CT Rounds 2-15
  • June 6, 11 AM CT Rounds 16-40
All rounds can be followed live on  I will be monitoring the draft and posting Mizzou-related updates here at and on Twitter (follow @trripleplay)

By the rules of the draft, the following players are eligible to be chosen in the draft:
  • High school players, if they have graduated from high school and have not yet attended college or junior college;
  • College players, from four-year colleges who have either completed their junior or senior years or are at least 21 years old; and
  • Junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed
The following current Tiger players are eligible to be drafted:
  • Eric Anderson
  • Kyle Barbeck
  • Blake Brown
  • Kenny Burton
  • Justin Byrd
  • Brannon Champagne
  • Jeff Cline
  • Ryan Clubb
  • Jeff Emens
  • Eric Garcia
  • Blake Holovach
  • Conner Mach
  • Dane Opel
  • Andreas Plackis
  • Dusty Ross
  • Scott Sommerfeld
  • Gavin Stark
  • Ben Turner
  • Jake Walsh
Missouri also has several high school and junior college players who have signed letters of intent to play at Missouri next season. Some of them may, however, be drafted. They will have until July 13th to make up their minds whether to to sign a professional contract or continue on to Mizzou. The following are on the recruits list we have compiled:
  • Paxton De La Garza, SS; Coronado HS, Lubbock, TX

  • Peter Fairbanks, RHP; Webster Groves, MO

  • Matt Garringer, RHP; Surprise, AZ

  • Griffin Goodrich, RHP/OF; Kirkwood, MO

  • Gerrion Grim, RHP/OF: Zumwalt South HS (StL)

  • Dane Gronewald, LHP; Jefferson College (StL); Winfield HS

  • Hunter Haynes, LHP: Mexico, MO

  • Bralin Jackson, OF: Raytown South HS (KC)

  • Ryan Phillips, RHP/SS; Rock Bridge HS (Columbia, MO)

  • Alec Rash, RHP: Adel DSM HS (Adel, IA)

  • Austin Tribby, LHP; Springfield Catholic HS (MO)

  • Sean Ullrich, CF; Marquette HS (St. Louis)
Alec Rash Perfect Game profile
Position: RHP
Height: 6-5
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: March 20, 1994
High School: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn (ADM)
City, State: Adel, Iowa
Travel Team: Iowa Select
Commitment: Missouri
Projected Draft Round: 1S, 2

Alec Rash first appeared on the Perfect Game radar as a slender 6-foot-2, 165-pound Des Moines (Iowa) area sophomore throwing up to 87 mph in the 2009 Perfect Game Fall League. At that point Rash threw from an extended over the top release point with a hard downhill angle to the plate, and while he was a primary fastball pitcher, he’d mix in a very occasional downer curveball around 72 mph.
2012 MLB Draft Q&A: Alec Rash (
Rash has been rumored to being moving up on some draft boards and is ranked by Scout's Frankie Piliere as the draft's number 98 prospect.
OF Bralin Jackson (Raytown South HS, MO) is the most prevalent name mentioned in Missouri. Like Ross, Jackson shined at the Area Code Games, where he showcased his plus athleticism and bat speed. Jackson, a Missouri recruit, has the high-end tools to keep him in the mix. (Prep Baseball Report)

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