WKU baseball draft updates

14 06 2010

I spoke with Western Kentucky baseball coach Chris Finwood this afternoon and he said that he fully expects both junior catcher Matt Rice and redshirt sophomore reliever Rye Davis to be back with the program next season.

Rice was taken by the New York Yankees with the last overall pick in last week’s two-day MLB Draft, while Davis was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 36th round of the draft. 

Finwood said that both Rice and Davis should be able to highly improve their draft number with a strong season next year. Rice – an All-Sun Belt catcher and WKU’s best overall offensive hitter this past season – hit .369 with 10 homers and 65 RBI in 2010. 

As for Davis, Finwood said he was surprised to see Davis drafted as late as he was – as he said that several representatives from major league clubs informed him that he could go much higher. But in any event, Finwood said he expects Davis – who will have two more years of eligibility – back next season, this time as a starter rather than a reliever. Davis was a first-team All-Sun Belt closer this past season for WKU, racking up nine saves and holding a 2.72 ERA in 33 appearances. 

While WKU will no doubt lose the three seniors that were drafted last week (Matt Ridings, Matt Payton and Bart Carter), Finwood said that the squad’s already lost one of its signees for next season due to the draft. 

Junior college infielder Mike Mosby was taken in the 14th round by the Baltimore Orioles, and Finwood said Tuesday that he will likely sign with the team out of high school rather than head to WKU. 

WKU had one other signee from next season’s class taken in the draft, high school RHP/OF Justin Hageman of Hopkinsville. Hageman was taken in the 32nd round by the Kansas City Royals. Finwood said Monday that he did not expect Hageman would be interested in signing a major league deal at this point, given the late nature of his draft status.

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