MLB Draft: Several locals come off the board during day two



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Tue. June 5, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

MLB Draft: Several locals come off the board during day two

After Jesuit's Lance McCullers and King's Keon Barnum went in Monday's supplemental first round, a few more Tampa Bay area players came off the board on the second day:

Seminole OF Brett Phillips, Astros (Sixth round, No. 189 overall): After drafting McCullers, the Astros grabbed another area prep prospect in Phillips. The slotted bonus for Phillips, who hit .354 with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs, 27 runs scored and 18 RBIs for the Warhawks, is $201,900. Phillips, who had been committed to N.C. State, told the Times he expects to sign soon and start his professional career.

Notre Dame C Joe Hudson, Reds (Sixth round, No. 202 overall): The Jesuit alum, a second-team all-county selection in 2009, leads the Fighting Irish with a .332 average. The junior also has collected 14 doubles, six home runs, and 39 RBIs. His slotted bonus is $178,300.

Florida OF Preston Tucker, Astros (Seventh round, No. 219 overall): The second current Florida player taken by Houston (SS Nolan Fontana was the first pick of the second round), Tucker is a three-time all-SEC pick. Tucker, also a Plant alum, is hitting .316 with 16 doubles, 15 home runs, 60 RBIs and a .667 slugging percentage. The slotted bonus for Tucker is $151,400.

Florida State RHP Robert Benincasa, Nationals (Seventh round, No. 234 overall): As the Seminoles' closer, Benincasa, a junior is 4-1 with 15 saves and a 1.29 ERA in 35 innings. The Armwood alum has also struck out 48 batters while walking just five. Benincasa's slotted bonus is $145,300.

South Florida RHP Austin Adams, Angels (Eighth round, No. 267): Now a junior, the Zephyrhills grad is a reliever for the Bulls, recording 34 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.82 ERA in 29.2 innings. The slotted value for Adams is $134,800. 

Florida State 2B Sherman Johnson, Angles (14th round, No. 447): An Alonso alum, Johnson has hit .262 with 15 doubles, three home runs, 53 runs scored and 29 RBIs in his senior season for the Seminoles. Johnson also sports a .968 fielding percentage.

South Florida RHP Derrick Stultz, Diamondbacks (14th round, No. 453): A fifth year senior and Wharton grad, Stultz went 9-1 with 60 strikeouts and 23 walks and a 3.29 ERA in 97.2 innings. Draft picks after the first 10 rounds can receive up to a $100,000 bonus and avoid taking money from a team's bonus pool.


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