MLB Draft Daze

University of Arkansas head baseball coach Dave Van Horn and his staff will be paying lots of attention to the Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday and Wednesday in hopes they don't lose too many of their current and future Razorbacks.

Some current and prospective Arkansas baseball players will have a busy week, even with no immediate games coming up.

At least three Razorbacks who have eligibility remaining have a chance at being drafted in this week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which takes place Tuesday and Wednesday.

Daryl Maday, Jake Dugger and Danny Hamblin are each threats to be drafted high enough to leave, said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn.

Maday is the highest risk, the coach said.

"In pro ball, he'll be a bullpen guy and he loves working out of the stretch," Van Horn said. "He's quick to the plate. If you go out there and let it fly for two innings, put a slider and a changeup in, he can help somebody.

"I'd love to have him back, but if he gets drafted, I think he'll be a guy that'll sign."

Dugger and Hamblin are less likely to sign without getting sizable bonus money.

"Danny, he's on the fence," Van Horn said. "If he doesn't go high enough, he'll come back. He loves it here; he loves college; he loves the University of Arkansas and I think he still wants to refine his swing a little bit.

"I think Jake's the same way."

The Razorbacks do run a risk, though, of having several high school and junior college players they've signed decide instead to go the pro ball route.

Van Horn mentioned four signees in particular, but said more were in danger of being drafted.

"I'm leaving some guys out, but that's good because I can't remember them all," Van Horn said. "We signed a (great) recruiting class. Coach (Todd) Butler came in here and did an outstanding job. Coach (Dave) Jorn and I, at the end of the season we met last year before coach Butler got here, and our whole objective was to really, really elevate our recruiting."

In recent days, Navarro (Texas) College's Chris Davis and Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe High's Ty Weeden have traveled to work out for Major League clubs.

Van Horn also mentioned Maumelle's Evan Cox and Jonesboro's Murray Watts as signees that were pro quality.

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