HATTIESBURG, Miss. – One current Southern Miss player and two 2014 Golden Eagle signees were chosen in the final day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday.
The Boston Red Sox selected left-handed pitcher Jake Drehoff (Alpharetta, Ga.) in the 12th round with the 353rd overall pick. Drehoff, who completed his redshirt sophomore season for the Golden Eagles this spring, posted a 5-5 record with a 3.54 earned run average in 15 starts. He fanned 69 and walked 30 in 81 1/3 innings. Drehoff won his last three starts for the Golden Eagles in 2013.
The Golden Eagles also had a couple of signees for next season taken from Pearl River Community College taken. Brandon Fry, a left-handed pitcher from Jacksonville, Fla., and right-handed pitcher Christian Talley from Diamondhead, Miss.
The San Diego Padres chose Fry in the 18th round (538th pick) after a season in which he was a All-MACJC second team pick, finishing his sophomore campaign with a 5-0 record, with 51 strikeouts in 48.2 innings to go along with a team-best 2.40 ERA.
The Tampa Bay Rays picked Talley in the 26th round (788th pick) after he finished 9-5 record to earned first-team All-MACJC honors. Talley was a two-time MACJC and NJCAA Player of the Week this spring and fanned a team-high 92 and walked just 15 in 92 2/3 innings, while boasting a 2.62 ERA.
Another Southern Miss pitcher, righthander Andrew Pierce, got selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round on Friday.
Southern Miss Players and Signees Taken in 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft
Player Team Round (Pick) Pos 2013 Class Hometown
Andrew Pierce St. Louis 8th (245th) RHP Sr. Stringer, Miss.
Jake Drehoff Boston 12th (353rd) LHP So. Alpharetta, Ga.
Brandon Fry* San Diego 18th (538th) LHP So. Jacksonville, Fla.
Christian Talley* Tampa Bay 26th (788th) RHP So. Diamondhead, Miss.