FAYETTEVILLE – Eight members of the University of Arkansas baseball team were selected on the final day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Infielder Dominic Ficociello was drafted in the 12th round (No. 366 overall) by the Detroit Tigers, left handed pitcher Trent Daniel was selected in the 17th round (No. 499 overall) by the Colorado Rockies, right handed pitcher Brandon Moore was drafted in the 17th round (No. 512 overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers), outfielder Jacob Morris was taken in the 24th round (No. 723 overall) by the Chicago White Sox, left handed pitcher Tyler Wright was drafted in the 26th round (No. 777 overall) by the Seattle Mariners, left handed pitcher Randall Fant was selected in the 29th round (No. 857 overall) by the Houston Astros, infielder Eric Fisher was drafted in the 30th round (No. 892 overall) by the Miami Marlins and outfielder Matt Vinson was selected in the 37th round (No. 1,110 overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With the eight players drafted on Saturday, a total of 11 Razorbacks were selected in the 2013 MLB Draft, setting a new school record for most players taken in one draft. The previous record was 10 set in 1985. Arkansas also led the country with 11 players selected in the 2013 draft. Right handed pitchers Ryne Stanek (1st round, 29th overall, Tampa Bay Rays), Colby Suggs (2nd round, 73rd overall, Miami Marlins) and Barrett Astin (3rd round, 90th overall, Milwaukee Brewers) were drafted during the first two days of the draft.
A native of Fullerton, Calif., Ficociello played in 46 games, with 45 starts, during his junior season and hit .247 with three home runs and 17 RBI. Ficociello finished the year with nine multi-hit games and had five multi-RBI performances. Defensively, Ficociello split time at first and second base as a junior and had a .974 fielding percentage, committing eight errors on the season.
In three years as a Razorback, Ficociello has played in 174 games, 171 as a starter, and has a .294 career batting average with 13 homers and 108 RBI. Ficociello has 49 multi-hit games and 28 multi-RBI games in his career. Ficociello also has 12 sacrifice flies in his career, which ranks tied for eighth in school history. A two-time All-SEC Defensive Team selection, Ficociello has a .981 career fielding percentage, committing just 27 errors over three seasons.
Hailing from Bryant, Ark., Daniel pitched in 22 games, 21 out of the bullpen, in 2013 and finished the year with a 0-1 record, one save and a 2.55 ERA. Daniel averaged a strikeout an inning, fanning 24 in 24.2 innings of work. Daniel only allowed one extra-base hit on the season.
Daniel finished his Razorback career with a 4-1 record, six saves and a 3.51 ERA in 69 appearances, including five starts. In 100 innings, Daniel struck out 97 batters and allowed 88 hits, holding the opposition to a .242 batting average. Daniel leaves the UA ranked eighth in school history in career appearances.
A native of Van Buren, Ark., Moore made 25 relief appearances, which ranked second on the team. Moore finished the season with a 1-4 record and a 2.68 ERA. In 47 innings, Moore only allowed 35 hits, holding opponents to a .215 batting average, and struck out 30 batters.
In three seasons at Arkansas, Moore has pitched in 71 games, 14 as a starter, and has a 10-7 record with three saves and a 2.85 ERA. In 198.2 innings, Moore has struck out 104 batters and allowed 176 hits, holding the opposition to a .245 average. Moore currently ranks tied for sixth in school history in career appearances.
A native of Coppell, Texas, Morris saw time in 41 games, including 29 as a starter, and had a .160 batting average with 14 RBI. Morris finished tied for the team lead with eight stolen bases and was only caught stealing once.
Morris has played in 116 games, with 96 starts, in his collegiate career and has a .202 career batting average with three home runs and 42 RBI. Morris ranks tied for fifth in school history with 18 career sacrifice bunts. He's also added 15 stolen bases and been caught stealing just three times.
Wright, who hails from Houston, Texas, pitched in 11 games, including four as a starter, during the 2013 season and had a 1-1 record, while not allowing an earned run in 20.1 innings. Wright struck out 19 batters and gave up just nine hits, holding opponents to a .134 batting average.
Wright finished his career as a Razorback with a 2-1 record and a 1.19 ERA in 27 appearances, 23 of those in relief. In 37.2 innings, Wright allowed just 10 runs, five earned, on 24 hits with 38 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .183 off Wright in his two seasons at Arkansas.
A native of Texarkana, Texas, Fant enjoyed his best season as a Razorback in 2013, finishing the year with a 6-1 record and a 2.03 ERA in 14 starts. Fant pitched 66.2 innings, allowing 17 runs, 15 earned, on 50 hits and struck out 52 batters. Fant ranked eighth in the SEC in ERA, seventh in opposing batting average (.207) and tied for 15th in wins. In nine starts in SEC play, Fant compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.23 ERA. In league games only, Fant ranked ninth in ERA, third in opposing batting average (.194) and tied for ninth in wins.
Fant finished his collegiate career with a 14-11 record and a 3.26 ERA in 59 appearances, including 49 starts. In 223.1 innings, Fant allowed 91 runs, 81 earned, on 205 hits and struck out 151 batters. Fant allowed opponents to hit just .246. Fant leaves Arkansas ranked third in school history in career starts.
Fisher, who is a native of Spring, Texas, played in 46 games, including 30 starts, during the 2013 season and had a .238 batting average with two homers and 13 RBI. Fisher finished the season with nine multi-hit games. Fisher was one of the top offensive performers for the Razorbacks in the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional, hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a RBI and a run scored. Defensively, Fisher committed just three errors on the season, posting a .991 fielding percentage.
In his first two seasons at Arkansas, Fisher has played in 64 games, including 40 starts, and has a .217 batting average with two homers and 18 RBI. Fisher has made just five errors in 434 chances for a .988 fielding percentage.
A native of Alma, Ark., Vinson played in 57 of Arkansas' 61 games and made 56 starts during the 2013 season. The senior outfielder finished the year with a .286 batting average, two homers and 24 RBI. He finished tied for the team lead with eight stolen bases and was caught stealing only once. Vinson ranked third on the team with 18 multi-hit games and was tied for third with six multi-RBI performances. Defensively, Vinson had six outfield assists on the year.
Vinson finished his collegiate career with a .245 batting average, seven homers and 60 RBI in 179 games played, including 137 starts. He added 14 stolen bases and was only caught stealing four times.
In addition to the eight current Razorbacks drafted on Saturday, Arkansas signees Jacob Stone and Andrew Benintendi were selected on the draft's final day. Stone went in the 30th round (No. 889 overall) to the Colorado Rockies and Benintendi was drafted in the 31st round (No. 945 overall) by the Cincinnati Reds.
Current Razorbacks in the 2013 MLB Draft
Ryne Stanek – 1st round, 29th overall (Tampa Bay Rays)
Colby Suggs – 2nd round, 73rd overall (Miami Marlins)
Barrett Astin – 3rd round, 90th overall (Milwaukee Brewers)
Dominic Ficociello – 12th round, 366th overall (Detroit Tigers)
Trent Daniel – 17th round, 499th overall (Colorado Rockies)
Brandon Moore – 17th round, 512th overall (Milwaukee Brewers)
Jacob Morris – 24th round, 723rd overall (Chicago White Sox)
Tyler Wright – 26th round, 777th overall (Seattle Mariners)
Randall Fant – 29th round, 857th overall (Houston Astros)
Eric Fisher – 30th round, 892nd overall (Miami Marlins)
Matt Vinson – 37th round, 1,110th overall (Arizona Diamondbacks)
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