Two more USF signees taken in MLB draft
By our count, USF baseball coach Lelo Prado has nine recruits signed or committed for next season, and six of them have now been selected in this week's MLB draft.
The latest two went in back-to-back rounds Wednesday afternoon, with second baseman/outfielder Austin Knight of Palm Beach State going in the 37th round to the Orioles, then outfielder James Ramsay of Brandon going in the 38th round to the Yankees. Being drafted as late as these two makes them less of a threat to choose a pro contract over a scholarship at USF, but it's a possibility the Bulls must deal with for the next two months.
Another signee who hasn't been drafted, Alonso left-hander Thomas Dorminy, might not be coming to USF regardless. His father Thomas said Wednesday that Dorminy is considering signing with a junior college instead of USF, knowing that he could be drafted next year instead of having to wait three years at USF. His father stressed that USF is still "at the top of the list," but it's another uncertainty among USF's incoming class.
-- Another familiar name among the players drafted Wednesday was former Bulls infielder Ryan Soares, who played the last three seasons at George Mason. Soares, who was a Louisville Slugger first-team All-American and the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, was picked in the 36th round by the Tigers.
-- Sean Buckley, a reserve outfielder who hit .250 in 60 at-bats as a redshirt freshman this season, said Wednesday that he's transferring this summer to St. Pete College. Buckley, who graduated from Tampa's King High School, hit a three-run home run to spark a USF victory over Pittsburgh in the final weekend of the regular season.