Collis, Maday Drafted On Day 2

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas pitchers Devin Collis and Daryl Maday had grown so weary from watching two days of draft coverage that they headed for the pool after their names were called on Wednesday.Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft wrapped up its final 32 rounds on Wednesday.

Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft wrapped up its final 32 rounds on Wednesday. Collis, a senior left-hander from St. Charles, Mo., was taken in the 26th round with the 768th pick by the Colorado Rockies while Maday, a junior right-hander from Bristol, Wis., was selected in the 30th round with the 896th pick by the San Francisco Giants.

Once the pressure of being drafted had been lifted, Collis and Maday were joined Wednesday afternoon by former Hogs pitcher Charley Boyce for a break by the pool at a West Fayetteville apartment complex.

"We're just hanging out now," Collis said. "We've been kind of nervous about it and really stressed out about the whole thing, so we needed some relaxation."

Collis said Colorado was pointed in his direction by former Arkansas coach Norm DeBriyn, who's now a scout for the Rockies. He was told by a Rockies representative earlier in the day that he was "on their board," but may have to end up signing as an undrafted free agent.

So of course, his name coming across the screen as early as it did was a welcome sight, one he called "awesome" several times.

"I couldn't really be any happier right now with the round that I went in," said Collis, who plans on signing a contract in the coming days. "The Rockies called me again after I was drafted and it was pretty exciting. They said I would probably be sent to the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League.

"But I'm just looking forward to playing right now no matter where it is and the money is not really an issue."

It may turn into an issue for Maday, who has the bargaining power of returning to Arkansas for his senior year if the Giants don't make him a respectable offer. However, if the money is right, Maday sounds like he may have played his last game in an Arkansas uniform.

"It's kind of an iffy situation because (the Giants) haven't called me yet and let me know where they stand," Maday said. "And I'm still not sure what I want to do because I love it here, but at the same time, I am looking forward to moving on because that's everybody's dream.

"I'm just going to talk it over with my parents and weigh my options before I decide anything."

Like Collis, Maday benefitted from a solid year on the mound. Maday moved from the bullpen to a starting role for the last six weeks of the season and dazzled scouts with each outing. In a season-ending 6-5 loss against Oklahoma State in the Fayetteville Regional, Maday's fastball was consistently in the low-90s on radar guns.

"Getting some starts helped a lot," Maday said. "I had only been coming out of the pen for a couple of innings each weekend and when I came on as a starter, I think that really opened some eyes as far as the scouts were concerned."

Three other Razorbacks were drafted during the first 18 rounds on Tuesday. Senior Craig Gentry (10th round, Rangers) is expected to sign by the end of the week while juniors Danny Hamblin (9th, Athletics) and Blake Parker (16th, Cubs) continued talks with their respective teams on Wednesday.

Overall, the draft went much better than expected for Arkansas. Coaches worried they could lose as many as "three or four" signees earlier in the week, but have lost only one of the five signees who were drafted so far. Fifth-rounder Tyler Henson, a shortstop from Tuttle, Okla, is expected to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

Third-rounder Tony Butler, a 6-foot-7 left-handed pitcher from Oak Creek, Wis., remains undecided on whether he'll sign with the Seattle Mariners while fifth-rounder Chris Davis, a first baseman from Navarro (Texas) College, also remains unsigned.

R.J. Seidel and Ty Weeden also could end up at Arkansas after both top 200 prospects nationally slipped in the draft. Seidel, a 6-6 left-hander from LaCrosse (Wis.) Central High, turned down $300,000 to sign with the Chicago White Sox in the third round. Weeden, a power hitter from Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe High, is in the same boat as Seidel as both could end up being offered more money at the end of the summer.

In addition, Kevin Carby, a shortstop who spent last fall at Arkansas before transferring to Texarakana Community College for some seasoning, was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 25th round with the 764th overall pick.

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