Red Wolves Looking to MLB Draft

At least one Arkansas State Red Wolves' pitchers could among the players drafted when Major League Baseball holds its annual June Free Agent Draft over the next three days.

Senior right-hander Bradley Wallace, coming off a strong senior season in which he finished strong has the best chance of the Red Wolves' senior and eligible juniors.

"There has been a lot of follow (by scouts) from last year, and during the fall and in the spring,'' said ASU coach Tommy Raffo. "That is why I am optimistic that the opportunity will present itself.

"He has a great senior year and he had a great game against (Louisiana-) Lafayette, the No. 1 team in the country. He throws upper 80s to low 90s and he can really spin the ball. He has matured under coach (Tighe) Dickinson.

"Health-wise he had a really good year. That is another positive. He is a three-pitch, four-pitch guy.

"And he also finished strong. He really had a great game in the conference tournament (a 4-3 victory over South Alabama) that really turned us around. He had to grind it out the first 4 innings and turned it around the last 4 and our team fed off of that."

In that gave vs. ULL, Wallace had 12 strikeouts in 7 innings.

"He pitched well enough for us to win that game,'' said Raffo. "We just had a bunch of mistakes and did not play well."

Other Red Wolves who could be on the draft lists are right-handed pitcher Cody Woodhouse. Senior Morgan Croft has been accepted to Navy Flight School.

"All it takes is that one team that likes you," said Raffo.

Junior catcher Stuart Levy is another possibility.

"There are usually a lot of catchers drafted and he could be one of them,'' he said. "Stuart has always been a catch and throw guy. He was a .200 hitter and jumped up to around .280 this year and he caught a lot of games. He could get a chance."

All of the players who have completed their junior season and sophomore pitcher Adam Grantham, because of age, are eligible.

The draft begins today and runs through Saturday.