Busy Final Day for Baseball in MLB First-Year Player Draft
June 7, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Three Southern Miss baseball players and three signees for the 2015 campaign were chosen in the final day of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday.
Right-handed pitcher Conor Fisk (Brown Deer, Wis.) saw his name called in the 24th round by the Toronto Blue Jays (714th pick) while rising senior Mason Robbins (Leakesville, Miss.) got chosen in the 25th round by the Chicago White Sox (738th pick). Rising fourth-year junior right-handed pitcher Taylor Nunez (Slidell, La.) also was tabbed in the 27th round by the Boston Red Sox (824th pick).
Fisk posted a team-best 7-2 record for the Golden Eagles during the 2014 campaign in 13 starts. He tallied a team-high 84 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings, allowing 71 hits and 24 walks to go along with 27 runs (26 earned) earning All-Conference USA second team honors.
In his two-year Southern Miss career, Fisk finished with an 11-5 record with a 2.89 ERA in 25 career starts. This is the second time Fisk has been drafted, getting selected in the 34th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2010 draft.
As for Robbins, the three-year Golden Eagle tallied a .267 batting average with 14 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 38 RBI this season. He appeared in all 60 games and made 59 starts in rightfield for the program. He is one of two Golden Eagle position players to play in every game during the year.
In his Southern Miss career, Robbins has posted a .303 average over 169 games with 35 doubles, nine triples, nine home runs, 116 RBI and 10 stolen bases. This is the second time Robbins has been drafted, taken by the New York Mets in the 20th round of the 2011 draft.
Nunez collected a 0-2 record for the Golden Eagles this past spring with a 8.79 ERA. He fanned 13 in 14 1/3 innings of work and made six appearances, including three starts. This was the second time he has been drafted, getting taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round of the 2011 draft.
Southern Miss signees Mark Reyes, a left-handed pitcher from Crowder Community College and a native of Hot Springs Village, Ark., outfielder Byron Murray from Trinity Christian High School and Wellington, Fla., as well as shortstop Daniel Keating of Gulfport (Miss.) High School, were chosen as well.
Reyes was taken by the San Francisco Giants in Round 22 (658th pick), while the Giants took Murray in the 25th round (748th pick) and Keating (Gulfport HS) went in the 39th round by Pittsburgh Pirates (1181th pick).
A total of four Golden Eagles were selected in this year's draft as rising senior right-handed pitcher Bradley Roney's (Wetumpka, Ala.) selection came in the 8th round (253rd pick) by the Atlanta Braves on Friday. The four selections in this year's draft are the most for the Golden Eagles since they had that many taken in 2011.
Two Golden Eagle signees, catcher Blake Anderson of West Lauderdale High School (Meridian, Miss.), and left-handed pitcher Justin Steele of George County High School (Lucedale, Miss.) were also taken earlier in the draft as a total of five Southern Miss signees were picked. Anderson went in the Competitive Balance Round A on Thursday night to the Miami Marlins (26th pick) and Steele went to the Chicago Cubs, Friday, in the fifth round (139th pick).