Claremore Daily Progress

July 14, 2013

MLB Draft signing deadline passes

Arkansas Media Relations
Arkansas Media Relations

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The signing deadline for players drafted in the 2013 MLB Draft passed on Friday afternoon with one current member of the Arkansas baseball team and two incoming recruits not signing before the deadline.

Arkansas set a school record and led the country with 11 players selected in the 2013 MLB Draft. Ryne Stanek (1st round, Tampa Bay Rays), Colby Suggs (2nd round, Miami Marlins), Barrett Astin (3rd round, Milwaukee Brewers), Dominic Ficociello (12th round, Detroit Tigers), Trent Daniel (17th round, Colorado Rockies), Brandon Moore (17th round, Milwaukee Brewers), Jacob Morris (24th round, Chicago White Sox), Tyler Wright (26th round, Seattle Mariners), Randall Fant (29th round, Houston Astros) and Matt Vinson (37th round, Arizona Diamondbacks) all signed professional contracts before the deadline.

Infielder Eric Fisher, who was drafted in the 30th round by the Miami Marlins, did not sign before the 4 p.m. deadline on Friday and will return to the UA for his junior season. A native of Spring, Texas, Fisher played in 46 games, including 30 starts, during the 2013 season and had a .238 batting average with two homers and 13 RBI. Fisher finished the season with nine multi-hit games. Fisher was one of the top offensive performers for the Razorbacks in the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional, hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a RBI and a run scored. Defensively, Fisher committed just three errors on the season, posting a .991 fielding percentage.

In his first two seasons at Arkansas, Fisher has played in 64 games, including 40 starts, and has a .217 batting average with two homers and 18 RBI. Fisher has made just five errors in 434 chances for a .988 fielding percentage.

Two incoming recruits who were drafted did not sign before the deadline. Pitcher Jacob Stone, who went in the 30th round to the Colorado Rockies, and outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who was drafted in the 31st round by the Cincinnati Reds, each bypassed a chance to sign a professional contract and will attend Arkansas.

Stone, who pitched for Weatherford Junior College the last two seasons, posted a 7-6 record with one save and a 3.62 ERA in his sophomore season. As a freshman, Stone earned second-team all-conference honors after compiling a 5-2 record with one save and a 1.83 ERA.

Benintendi, who played his high school baseball at Madeira High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, was named the 2013 national high school player of the year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The 2013 Gatorade Ohio Baseball Player of the Year, Benintendi finished his senior season with a .564 batting average, 12 home runs, 57 RBI, 63 runs scored and 38 stolen bases. He finished his high school career with 213 hits, which ranks as the second most career hits in state history.

Arkansas signees Jon Denney and Teddy Stankiewicz, who were each drafted by the Boston Red Sox, signed a professional contract before the deadline.