USF pitcher Stultz, signee Borders also drafted
More intrigue for USF's 2013 baseball team, as two more players were selected late in Tuesday's second day of the MLB draft -- signee Levi Borders went in the 11th round to the Braves, and pitcher Derrick Stultz went in the 14th to the Diamondbacks.
Technically, Stultz would have the opportunity to return to the Bulls as a sixth-year senior, having lost two full seasons to injuries, but the right-hander graduated last month and is likely to sign with the Diamondbacks. He was away from baseball for 33 months after tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder in May 2009, and bounced back with a huge season, going 9-1 with a 3.29 ERA, including a win in the Big East tournament.
Borders is now a big question mark -- the son of former major-leaguer Pat Borders, he signed with USF with intentions of also trying to walk on to the Bulls football team as a quarterback. As an 11th-rounder, he can't get a signing bonus of larger than $100,000 without the Braves facing penalties, but the financial aspect may not be as significant as the commitment of being a high draft pick.
Those two join two other potential Bulls unlikely to return in 2012 -- junior reliever Austin Adams went to the Angels in the eighth round, and signee Walker Lockett of Jacksonville went to the Padres in the fourth round. The draft stopped after 15 rounds Tuesday night and will be completed Wednesday.