OXFORD — The college baseball season never stops, even if you just won a College World Series.
Fresh off the first national championship in program history, the Ole Miss baseball team is undergoing a slight makeover. The 2022 MLB Draft has come and gone, and several players have already signed their professional contracts, thus ending the college eligibility.
Below is a list of drafted Ole Miss players and signees, who they were drafted by and whether they have signed. If a player has an additional year of collegiate eligibility remaining and does not sign with a team — even if he was drafted — he can come back to Ole Miss. All signing bonus figures are from the MLB unless otherwise signified.
The highest-drafted player was Jackson Ferris, selected 47th overall. He signed with the Chicago Cubs for a $3.01 million bonus.
Ole Miss players
Junior pitcher Derek Diamond, sixth-round pick (170th) by the Pittsburgh Pirates — Signed for $311,600 bonus
Junior catcher Hayden Dunhurst, sixth-round pick (175th) by the Kansas City Royals — Signed for $300,000 bonus
Junior pitcher Dylan DeLucia, sixth-round pick (181st) by the Cleveland Guardians — Signed for $275,000 bonus
Senior pitcher Brandon Johnson (year of eligibility remaining due to COVID), ninth-round pick (265th) by the Kansas City Royals — Signed for $47,500 bonus
Senior first baseman Tim Elko, 10th-round pick (311th) by Chicago White Sox — Signed for $35,000 bonus.
Senior left fielder Kevin Graham (year of eligibility remaining due to COVID), 14th-round pick (408th) by Arizona Diamondbacks — Signed (terms unknown)
Senior third baseman/centerfielder Justin Bench (year of eligibility remaining due to COVID), 17th-round pick (526th) by San Francisco Giants — Signed (terms unknown)
Junior pitcher Drew McDaniel, undrafted free agent — Signed with Chicago White Sox (terms unknown)
Pitcher Jackson Ferris (IMG Academy), second-round pick (47th) by the Chicago Cubs — Signed for $3.01 million bonus
Outfielder Roman Anthony (Stoneman Douglas High School), free-agent compensation pick (79th) by the Boston Red Sox — Signed for $2.5 million bonus
Pitcher Grayson Saunier (Collierville High), 19th-round pick (559th) by the Texas Rangers — Will not sign (according to Memphis Commercial Appeal)