OXFORD, Miss. - Junior second baseman Alex Yarbrough, senior first baseman Matt Snyder and junior left-hander Dylan Chavez were all tabbed for professional careers when their names were called on day two of the 2012 MLB Draft on Tuesday.
Yarbrough became the first Rebel drafted for the 2012 season when he was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday, while Snyder was selected in the 10th round by the New York Yankees. Dylan Chavez rounded out the draft selections when he was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 14th round of the draft.
The trio brings the total number of draft selections under Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco to 67 selections in the past 12 seasons and 33 over the past five seasons.
"It was awesome to be drafted while I was on the bus and find out with my teammates," Yarbrough said of being drafted. "To find out that way was great. It's a dream come true as it is for almost every baseball player. I couldn't be more excited.
"I'm going to go home to Texas for a little bit and spend time with my family," Yarbrough said. "I'm sure I will be talking to the Angels in the next week or so and find out what the situation is, but for now I'm excited about going home for the first time since Christmas and spending time with my family.
The Allen, Texas, native led the Rebels this season with a .380 average and committed only three errors in the field for a .989 fielding percentage on the year. He was named a first team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and was also tabbed as a first team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches.
Yarbrough was also a candidate for several national awards as he was named to the watch lists for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy honoring the top collegiate baseball player in the nation.
Snyder earned All-SEC second team honors this season as he led the Southeastern Conference with 57 RBI in the regular season and tallied 63 RBI for the year after the conclusion of the NCAA Regional on Monday night in College Station, Texas.
Snyder posted 12 home runs, 10 of them in SEC play, to give him 41 for his career and tie for second all-time at Ole Miss. His 173 RBI for his career is third all-time in the Rebel record books.
A junior left-handed pitcher, Chavez transferred to Ole Miss from American River Community College and completed his first season with the Rebels this past year.
Chavez made 23 appearances on the mound this season and posted a 3-4 record with a 4.66 ERA through 36.2 innings of work. In that time he struck out 36 batters and walked only six, while combining for one shutout. He also posted a save against Mississippi State in the Governor's Cup game.
Chavez's wins came over Memphis and a pair of wins in relief at Alabama to help the Rebels secure the weekend series.
"It's really exciting to be drafted, but it definitely helped to have a great team playing behind me," Chavez said. "Coach Bianco and Coach Lafferty helped me out a lot this season. I'll take some time here and talk with my family and the Red Sox and see what the situation is following my selection."
The draft will continue on Wednesday with the final day of the Draft.
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