Chicago Cubs Snare Luke Reynolds in 10th Round of MLB Draft
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Redshirt-junior third baseman Luke Reynolds became the second Southern Miss player taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday, when the Chicago Cubs selected the Forest, Miss., native in the 10th round with the No. 308 overall pick.
It marked the second-straight year, and fourth time overall, that the Golden Eagles have had two players from its program selected in the Top 10 rounds. Nick Sandlin went in the second round to Cleveland on Monday night.
Reynolds, the 2018 Conference USA Player and Newcomer of the Year, finished his first season with the Golden Eagles with a .389 batting average to go along with 20 doubles, 15 home runs and 61 runs batted in.
His on-base percentage for the year ended at .551, while his slugging percentage was at .699. After the NCAA Regionals, he ranked second nationally in walks (65) and walks per game (1.05), second in on-base percentage, ninth in runs scored (70) and ninth in slugging percentage.
Reynolds helped the Golden Eagles to a 44-18 overall record and a C-USA regular season and tournament titles – the first time the school has accomplished that feat since 2003.
The Golden Eagle is only the second Southern Miss player ever taken by the Cubs with Kevin Bentley being the other - chosen in 1995.
The final day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft takes place, Wednesday, with Rounds 11-40 to complete the three-day event.