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Tuesday's Daily Briefing: McCormack anxious, excited for MLB draft

Draft days are bittersweet for FAU baseball coach John McCormack. On the one hand, he hopes FAU's seniors get their name called and can continue their baseball careers.

On the other, McCormack stands to lose some of his best players. College juniors are eligible to be selected in the draft, which started with the first round on Monday and continues today and tomorrow, so the Owls are likely to lose pitcher Paul Davis to the pros. High school players are also eligible, so McCormack could lose chunks of what appears to be a pretty solid recruiting class.

Case in point, Cape Coral-Mariner's Alex Santana (photo), who is being told he could be selected from the second to fifth round. Should that happen, the 6-foot-4, 200 pound third baseman who hit .402 with four homers and 29 RBI as a senior will have a hard time turning down what will be a pretty good sized check.

“He told me all along that he has a figure in mind – he didn't tell me the figure – and if it was met  he would play professional baseball,” McCormack said.

Santana might not be the only signee the Owls lose. Junior college transfer Kyle Newton could go between rounds 10 and 15, and Naples-Golden Gate pitcher Alex Viera could go between rounds 10-20, McCormack said.

McCormack is already making contingency plans should those players end up signing with Major League farm teams. He said there are several quality players still waiting to sign with a program. Though they aren't second-round talents, some are waiting to see whether the draft opens a spot at schools in the SEC or other major conferences.

If it doesn't, those players could fall into FAU's lap.

The Owls have already added one additional signee for this current signing period – St. Petersburg Community College's Mike Sylvestri – and will be looking to add at least one more pitcher over the summer.

For these next two days, however, McCormack and the coaching staff will be monitoring the draft.

“There's excitement, there's anticipation,” McCormack said of the coming days. “I'm nervous just like the seniors are. Hopefully they go. I'm anxious to see where Paul Davis goes. I'm also anxious to see what happens around the league.”

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June 06, 2011

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