What's Next?

The word was Jake Overbey's stock had risen this spring during his senior season of high school. That was proven Tuesday when the Jackson, Tenn., infielder/athlete was picked in the 10th round of the MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I wasn't really sure where I was going to go," said the University School of Jackson recent graduate. "I kind of had an idea it was the Phillies. They were looking at me. But I wasn't sure it would be the 10th round or what round."

Overbey, who signed last November to play baseball at Ole Miss for the next several seasons, now has a decision to make. Will he sign with the franchise in the City of Brotherly Love? Or will he attend Ole Miss this fall and be on the same roster with his older brother, Preston?

"It really is a big thing to think about," Jake said of having Preston on the team at Ole Miss. "Having a brother going to the same school, if anything it makes me want to go to Ole Miss more. I've been thinking about that."

Overbey said the Phillies expressed interest in his abilities in a number of areas.

Hawtin Buchanan
"They really like that I do a lot of things pretty well," said the shortstop. "Not that I do everything great. They just like that I'm more well-rounded and have a good baseball mind. I can really play anywhere. I caught some during high school. I played almost every position. (My primary position) probably would be between short and second, but if I were to move, it wouldn't be that much of a big jump."

Overbey said being drafted in the top 10 rounds didn't alter the way he viewed things concerning the draft.

"It hasn't changed much at all," said Overbey of going so early in the 50-round draft. "My mindset is pretty much the same as it was."

Only now the draft is behind him.

"It was definitely nerve-racking and stressful beforehand," Overbey said. "After you get picked, it's easier going from then on."

And now the negotiations begin. He said he doesn't have a monetary number in mind that would sway him to go pro and not to college.

"I'm just lucky to get picked," Overbey said.

Hawtin Buchanan, the tall right-hander from Biloxi High, continues to say he's heading to Oxford for school this fall. He was at freshman orientation this week.

"It's a big honor to be drafted and great to be a part of this whole experience," said Buchanan, drafted in the 19th round by the Washington Nationals. "I'd seen projections but I was prepared to fall, just because of the whole signability issue."

Translated, that means Buchanan would likely have been drafted higher had he not been so insistent on going to college.

"I think they (MLB teams) are pretty aware that I want to go to school," he said. "(The Nationals) have a pretty good idea what I want to do. I've come this far, and I expect to be in Oxford (playing for Ole Miss in 2011-12)."

Josh Laxer, the talented right-hander from Madison Central, proved if you show scouts what you've got, they might just take you in the draft. That seems to be what happened in his case. Like Buchanan, Laxer was chosen by the Nationals.

Matt Tracy
"They actually showed the most interest in me. I went to one of their pre-draft workouts," he said after going in the 20th round Tuesday. "It was actually the only one I could fit into my schedule because of graduation and the playoffs and everything."

Laxer has said he wants $900,000 to sign a pro contract.

"It's definitely exciting. It's professional baseball," Laxer said of the whole process of waiting on the draft, being selected, and now seeing what happens. "That's definitely something I want to do later on in life, or now. But I'll tell you, that was a long 20 rounds before I was called."

Laxer said he has two excellent options in pro baseball and college baseball – the Nationals or the Rebels. Today wasn't the beginning or the end of anything.

"This was just one step," he said of Tuesday's draft.

Here is the list of Rebels, current and future, who were drafted through the first 30 rounds:

Outfielder Michael Reed of Leander, Texas – 5th round, Brewers

Right-handed pitcher David Goforth of Ole Miss (junior) – 7th round, Brewers

Outfielder Senquez Golson of Pascagoula – 8th round, Red Sox (Ole Miss football signee)

Left-handed pitcher Austin Wright of Ole Miss (junior) – 8th round, Phillies

Infielder Jake Overbey of Jackson, Tenn. – 10th round, Phillies

Catcher/athlete Miles Hamblin of Ole Miss (senior) – 12th round, Astros

Right-handed pitcher Hawtin Buchanan of Biloxi – 19th round, Nationals

1B/3B Sikes Orvis of Orlando, Fla. – 19th round, Red Sox

Right-hander Josh Laxer of Madison – 20th round, Nationals

Left-handed pitcher Matt Crouse of Ole Miss (junior) – 24th round, Tigers

Left-handed pitcher/outfielder Matt Tracy of Ole Miss (senior) – 24th round, Yankees

Catcher Ryan Hornback of San Jacinto, Texas CC (junior) – 27th round, Pirates

Rounds 31-50 begin at 11 a.m. CT Wednesday.

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