Ole Miss' baseball recruiting class takes a hit

Mike Bianco and company are not use to losing their signees to the pros, but this year they did.

Rhyne Hughes, who was a preseason and post season All-American by Baseball America, made an unexpected decision and signed with theTampa Bay DevilRays last night.

Hughes had already leased an apartment in Oxford and his girlfriend was currently living at Ole Miss.

This news came as a shock to the Ole Miss baseball program. As it stands now, three of their top juco baseball signees (Van Pope, Chris Rayborn, and Rhyne Hughes) have all signed a major league baseball contract.

Final Baseball '03/'04 Signee List

1. Tommy Baumgardner (LHP, Indian River CC, FL)

2. Brett Buckvich (LHP/Inf, N' West Rankin, MS)

3. Jeremy Catoire (LHP, LaPlace, LA)

4. Justin Cryer (RHP, Leesville, LA)

5. Zach Cozart (SS, Collierville, TN)

6. Rhyne Hughes (OF, Pearl River CC, MS) - Signed with Tampa Bay.

7. C. J. Ketchum (Inf, Crowder, MO)

8. Chris Moffett (RHP, Meridian CC, MS)

9. Cody Overbeck (Inf, Munford, TN)

10. Van Pope (Inf, Meridian CC, MS) - Signed with the Atlanta Braves.

11. Logan Power (OF, Hillcrrest Christian, MS)

12. Chris Rayborn (RHP, Meridian CC, MS) - Signed with Tampa Bay.

13. Stoney Stone (RHP, Texarkana, TX)

14. Jo JO Tann (2B, Jackson Prep, MS)


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