Three Former Golden Eagles Start Professional Baseball Careers This Month
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Three former Southern Miss baseball players, who were all chosen earlier this month in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, have signed with their respective organizations and will begin their professional careers this month.
Jake Winston, a 17th-round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks, will start his professional career with the Hillsoboro (Ore.) Hops, a Class A Short Season squad in the Northwest League. The Hops (hillsborohops.com; @HillsboroHops) open their season tonight at Salem-Keizer.
Chuckie Robinson, who was taken in the 21st round by the Houston Astros, begins his professional career tonight for the Tri-City (N.Y.) ValleyCats (tcvalleycats.com;@ValleyCats) in the Class A Short Season New York-Penn. They begin their season against Connecticut.
Tim Lynch, who was the 9th-round selection of the New York Yankees, is expected to head to the Pulaski (Va.) Yankees (pulaskiyankees.net; @PulaskiYanks) in Rookie level Appalachian League. His season does not start until June 23 at home against Danville.
There are currently 11 former Golden Eagles playing professional baseball for MLB organizations in Minor League Baseball.
The other eight include RHP Bradley Roney (Braves -- Gwinett, AAA), LHP Jake Drehoff (Red Sox -- Portland, AA), C Ashley Graeter (Rockies -- Hartford, AA), Cody Carroll (Yankees -- Charleston, A), Conor Fisk (Blue Jays -- Dunedin, A), Ryan Milton (Tigers -- West Michigan, A), Mason Robbins (White Sox -- Winston-Salem, A) and Christian Talley (Rockies -- Boise, A).