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Wed. June 6, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

MLB Draft: more locals picked on day three

 The MLB first-year players draft is in its final day, as teams make their picks for rounds 16-40 Wednesday. Here's the list of locals that have come off the board so far:

Dunedin RHP Colyn O’Connell, Indians (19th round, 593 overall): O'Connell, at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, has the potential to grow into his frame. In his senior year he struck out 72 batters in 64.1 innings and had a 1.63 ERA.

St. Pete College LHP Austen Thrailkill, Rangers (26th round, 816 overall): The 2010 Gaither grad threw 32.2 innings this year for St. Pete and had an 0-3 record with a 6.61 ERA. Thrailkill walked 42 while striking out 35.

Union (Ky.) College LHP Chris Fern, Giants (27th round, 838 overall): After graduating in 2009 from Zephyrhills, Fern first went to St. Johns River State College and Virginia before transferring to NAIA Union this spring. In 15 appearances, Fern was 7-1 with a 2.47 ERA and 72 strikeouts (against 17 walks) in 76.2 innings. 

Eckerd College RHP Joey Cuda, Cardinals (27th round, 840 overall): A Canterbury alum, Cuda pitched 86.1 innings for the Tritons, striking out 114 while walking only 14 with a 6-4 record and a 2.92 ERA.

Boston College RHP Matt Brazis, Mariners (28th round, 851 overall): The third Jesuit grad drafted this year, Brazis went 1-0 with five saves in 16 appearances for the Eagles. The senior pitched 17 innings, striking out 25 while walking eight with a 3.18 ERA.

Florida Atlantic RHP Ryan Garton, Rays (34th round, 1052 overall): Garton, the ace for the Owls, pitched 93.1 innings this season with a 9-3 record and 3.09 ERA. The Mitchell alum struck out 84 while walking 29.

South Florida LHP Andrew Barbosa, Diamondbacks (36th round, 1113 overall): The fifth-year senior and Riverview grad pitched 95 innings for the Bulls with a 2.75 ERA, 110 strikeouts and 24 walks. The former walk-on has been drafted twice before: In 2006, he was a 15th round (466 overall) selection by San Francisco and was drafted again by the Giants in 2007 in the 48th round (1399 overall).

Bloomingdale SS Richie Martin, Mariners (38th round, 1151 overall): Martin is just the third Hillsborough County high school player drafted (and first since King 1B Keon Barnum went at No. 48 in the supplemental first round). A Florida commit, the 5-foot-10, 175 pound Martin hit .438 with six doubles, two triples, 21 stolen bases, 25 runs scored and 19 RBIs for the Bulls.

Mount Olive (N.C.) College 3B Jacob Rogers, Cubs: (40th round, 1214 overall) A Dunedin grad, Rogers hit .392 with 17 home runs, 60 RBIs and a Division II-high 86 runs scored for the Trojans. 

Jefferson RHP Jimmy Herget, Braves (40th round, 1229 overall): Herget, a USF commit, was still watching with his mom, Lisa, to see if his name would get called at the end. "My mom and I were joking about being the last pick," he said. "It's exciting." In 54 innings for Jefferson, Herget went 6-3 with a 0.91 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 22 walks.

East Lake RHP Eric Hanhold, Phillies (40th round, 1238 overall): Hanhold was the very last pick in the 2012 draft. A Florida commit, Hanhold went 7-3 with a 1.14 ERA last season.

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