1B Jayce Boyd
New York Mets (Round 6, No. 200)
"I am really, really excited. I got to sit up in the stands [in Dick Howser Stadium] with my family and listen to [the draft online]. For them to be there with me at that point in my life and career is very special to me, and it was awesome that we got to experience that together."
P Robert Benincasa
Washington Nationals (Round 7, No. 234)
"It was extremely exciting. It definitely is one of the most exciting moments of my life. It is something that I have looked forward to my whole baseball career, especially the last few years at Florida State. This year has been extra special, especially with the success I have had, having the draft in mind and it being my draft year. Things could not have worked out any better. I am extremely thankful and extremely blessed."
2B Devon Travis
Detroit Tigers (Round 13, No. 424)
"It was probably one of the most exciting things I ever heard. It is such an honor to get drafted and to hear your name being called. There's nothing better. I am kind of speechless right now. This moment is a little bit surreal. It is an honor to get drafted by the Tigers."
3B Sherman Johnson
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Round 14, No. 447)
"It's awesome. It was my last chance to be drafted, and it was the first time I have been drafted. It's definitely an awesome feeling. It was great to have all my friends and family calling and texting me and saying congratulations. It's definitely an experience I will remember forever. The Angels are a first-class organization, and a lot of their guys in the big leagues are home grown. I know they just got [Albert] Pujols, so that's not too bad, and they have always been a great team. It's going to be exciting, and I'm looking forward to it."
P Hunter Scantling
Detroit Tigers (Round 14, No. 454)"I was thinking it would be the Tigers since I had talked to their scout a lot the last couple of weeks. Dan [Bennett] texted me and said that he is ready for me to catch up with him. The chance to play with Dan again and possibly Devon makes this moment that much better because they are both great friends. I am just glad that I got an opportunity to further my skills and try and make it to the big leagues."
John Crist is the editor-in-chief of NoleDigest.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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