Herd senior Ryan Kiel was taken in the 37th round of the MLB draft, joining junior Kevin Shackelford and recruit Aaron Blair of Las Vegas. The latter two were picked in the 21st round, so the dilemma begins (and Jeff Waggoner sweats).
Tyler Gatrell could well land a free-agent deal, so he could end up in the minors this summer as well…
Chuck Neinas was rehired by Conference USA to guide the league through the next minefield of realignment. He has received considerable credit for shepherding Marshall into C-USA, a marriage that wasn’t automatic, contrary to popular belief.
Here is the list of Conference USA players taken in the MLB draft (incoming recruits are NOT included):
Rd. Player Pos. School MLB Team 3 Rick Hague SS Rice Washington Nationals 3 Rob Segedin 3B Tulane New York Yankees 8 Kyle Roller DH East Carolina New York Yankees 10 Blake Kelso SS Houston Washington Nationals 13 Michael Goodnight RHP Houston Cleveland Indians 14 Diego Seastrunk C Rice Cleveland Indians 16 Ryan Fraser RHP Memphis New York Mets 16 Chris Wallace C Houston Houston Astros 17 Preston Claiborne RHP Tulane New York Yankees 18 Jimmy Comerota IF Rice Arizona Diamondbacks 20 Chad Mozingo OF Rice Washington Nationals 20 Luke Stewart 1B UAB New York Mets 21 Scott Copeland RHP Southern Miss Baltimore Orioles 21 Owen Dew RHP UCF Cleveland Indians 21 Kevin Shackelford RHP Marshall Milwaukee Brewers 23 Drew Martinez OF Memphis New York Mets 23 Shane Brown OF UCF New York Yankees 25 Mike Ojala RHP Rice Florida Marlins 26 Ty Stuckey LHP Houston Cincinnati Reds 26 Chris Duffy OF UCF Philadelphia Phillies 31 Stephen Sultzbaugh OF Rice Arizona Diamondbacks 32 Todd McInnis RHP Southern Miss Oakland A's 33 William Kankel LHP Houston Milwaukee Brewers 34 Dustin Harrington SS East Carolina Chicago Cubs 36 Jared Rogers RHP Rice Florida Marlins 37 Ryan Kiel LHP Marshall Seattle Mariners 38 Nick Graffeo LHP UAB Kansas City Royals 38 Jared Ray RHP Houston Minnesota Twins 39 Ryan Woolley RHP UAB Texas Rangers 41 Seth Maness RHP East Carolina Florida Marlins 48 Devin Harris OF East Carolina San Francisco Giants