Two More Baseball Players Taken During Final Day of MLB First-Year Player Draft
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Two more Southern Miss baseball players were chosen during the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday.
Dylan Burdeaux, the Conference USA Player of the Year, earned a 20th round selection by the Detroit Tigers (605th pick), while Hayden Roberts got taken in the 34th round by the Colorado Rockies (1016th pick).
Burdeaux, who finished his four-year career with the program this spring, played first base in his final season after playing in rightfield over his first three campaigns.
The West Monroe, La., native finished his Golden Eagle career seventh in games played (231), first in at bats (960), third in hits (298), eighth in runs (181), fourth in singles (207), tied for third in doubles (57), 10th in RBI (162) and eighth in stolen bases (44).
During his senior campaign, Burdeaux batted .337 with a team-best 24 doubles, 12 home runs and team bests of 67 runs and 69 RBI as the team’s leadoff hitter. His on base percentage was .409 and his slugging percentage was .535. The third-team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball led the squad in multiple-hit games with 35 and in third with multi-RBI contests with 17.
Burdeaux is the second player chosen by the Tigers in the last three years, as relief pitcher Ryan Milton garnered a 23rd round selection by the organization in 2015.
Roberts, a right-handed pitcher from Irvington, Ala., just completed his second season with the program as a junior.
Used in both a starting and relief role, Roberts posted a 5-2 record with a 4.30 earned run average and one save. He appeared in 20 games and made 10 starts for the Golden Eagles this spring. He fanned 86 in 73 1/3 innings and walked just 27 while opponents hit .259 against them this season.
Roberts is the second player taken by the Rockies in the last three years as James McMahon was chosen in the 24th round in 2015.
This is the second time in four years the Golden Eagles had four players chosen in the same draft as Bradley Roney (Atlanta/8th), Conor Fisk (Toronto/24th), Mason Robbins (Chicago White Sox/25th) and Taylor Nunez (Boston/27th) were all chosen in 2014.
The other two Golden Eagles selected in this year’s draft were rising seniors, third baseman/pitcher Taylor Braley (6th round/Miami Marlins) and left-handed pitcher Kirk McCarty (7th round/Cleveland Indians).