|Updated: 7/13/2012 9:14 pm
||Published: 7/13/2012 9:09 pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The signing deadline for players drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft passed on Friday afternoon with two current members of the Arkansas baseball team and two incoming recruits not signing before the deadline.
Rising senior southpaw Randall Fant, a 29th-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, did not sign before the 4 p.m. (CT) deadline on Friday. A native of Texarkana, Texas, Fant pitched in 15 games, including 14 starts, and had a 2-3 record with a 3.27 ERA. In 52.1 innings of work, Fant allowed 20 runs, 19 earned, on 59 hits and struck out 39 batters, while issuing just 11 walks. In his first three seasons as a Razorback, Fant has pitched in 45 games, including 35 starts, and has an 8-10 record with a 3.79 ERA.
Rising redshirt junior outfielder Jacob Morris, a 37th-round selection of the Indians, also did not sign before the deadline. A product of Coppell, Texas, Morris played in 52 games and made 49 starts as the everyday centerfielder for Arkansas before an injury in the Auburn series sidelined him for the rest of the season. Morris hit .236 on the season with three homers and 23 RBI. He had nine multi-hit games on the season. Morris has played in 75 games, including 67 starts, in his first two years at Arkansas. Morris has a .222 batting average with three homers and 28 RBI.
Matt Reynolds, Nolan Sanburn, DJ Baxendale, Tim Carver, Sam Bates and Derrick Bleeker all signed professional contracts. Reynolds and Sanburn were each drafted in the second round with the New York Mets drafting Reynolds and the Oakland Athletics selecting Sanburn. Baxendale was a 10th-round choice of the Minnesota Twins, while Carver was drafted in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Bates was selected in the 28th round by the Kansas City Royals, while Bleeker was picked in the 37th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Arkansas had five signees drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft, with two of the five deciding not to sign before the deadline. Right-handed pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz (New York Mets, 2nd round) and left-handed pitcher Colin Poche (Baltimore Orioles, 5th round) did not sign before the deadline.
Three drafted recruits did sign before the deadline. Outfielder D’Vone McClure, a fourth-round choice of the Cleveland Indians, right-handed pitcher Ty Buttrey, a fourth-round selection of the Boston Red Sox and outfielder Shilo McCall, a ninth round pick of the San Francisco Giants, all signed professional contracts.