More Arkansas Baseball Players Go In Draft

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas senior first baseman Danny Hamblin has reached the point of no return. Junior catcher Brian Walker could have turned around and come back for another year.

But he won't have to because he was picked in the 29th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday. "I think it's time for me to move on," Walker said. "It's been a waiting game all day. It was exciting to get the call." On the second and final day of the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday, Hamblin and Walker could only wait for a ring from the phone from a big-league team to determine their baseball futures. Hamblin and Walker were among six players drafted on the second day of the MLB selection process. Hamblin got his call shortly before noon Friday. He was picked in the 10th round by the Oakland A's. He was the 330th pick overall. Walker, who had his phone ring shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, went as the 898th overall pick. "It was exciting, you know," Walker said. "I was half of sleep when I got the phone call." It was deja vu all over again for Hamblin, who was picked in the ninth round (278th overall) by the A's as a junior last year. "I was hoping to be in the Top 10 rounds, that's what I was thinking," Hamblin said. "I was happy with it." Last year, Hamblin was offered a $60,000 signing bonus. "We haven't really talked about money," Hamblin said. "It won't be anything near last year, though, because I'm a senior and went a round later. "The guy from the A's called and told me, 'Congrats.' We didn't talk more than 30 seconds. I don't know any of the details yet." Hamblin, a 6-foot-1, 210 pounder from Rowlett, Texas, became Arkansas' all-time leading home run hitter (57) this past season. He batted .276 with 13 doubles, 22 homers and 60 RBIs. He started in 63 of the 64 games he played in. "I'm just glad I got a chance after everything I went through at the beginning of the year," Hamblin said. "I ended up turning a horrible season into a pretty good one." Hamblin, a natural third baseman, said he's not sure where he'll be stationed at in professional baseball. He said he'd like to return to his natural position, but conceded the outfield might be his best bet. ARKANSAS DRAFTEES Day One Nick Schmidt, 1st round (No. 23 overall) -- San Diego Padres Duke Welker, 2nd round (No. 68 overall) -- Pittsburgh Pirates Jess Todd, 2nd round (No. 82 overall) -- St. Louis Cardinals Day Two Danny Hamblin, 10th round (No. 330 overall) -- Oakland A's Chris Rhoads, 28th round (No. 863 overall) -- Philadelphia Phillies Brian Walker, 29th round (No. 898 overall) -- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jacob Julius, 33rd Round (997 overall) -- Baltimore Orioles Jake Dugger, 49th round (1,417 overall) -- Washington Nationals Matt Willard, 49th round (1,423 overall) -- Cleveland Indians DID YOU KNOW? * Also among those picked Friday were Razorbacks signees Ryan Turner, a right-handed pitcher from Richland, Texas; Andrew Wilkins, a third baseman from Broken Arrow, Okla.; William Hawn, a third baseman/outfielder from Knoxville, Tenn.; James Mahler, a right-handed pitcher from Salt Lake City, Utah; and Ryan Cisterna, a catcher from Gilbert, Ariz.; and Michael Flynn, a right-handed pitcher from Midland, Texas. * Turner was picked in the 22nd round (665th overall) by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Haun was taken in the 23rd round (701st pick) by the Milwaukee Brewers. Flynn was taken in the 25th round (765th pick) by the Seattle Mariners, followed by Wilkins in the 25th round (770 overall) by the Texas Rangers. Mahler was taken in the 42nd round (1,262nd pick) by the Philadelphia Phillies and Cisterna was picked in the 46th round (1,351st pick) by the Washington Nationals. * former Razorbacks infielder Brock Bond of Missouri, a junior, was picked in the 24th round by San Francisco (734th overall). And former Arkansas righthander Lee Land of North Carolina-Greensboro, a junior, went in the 28th round to Oakland.

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