Four Taken for Baseball on Final Day of 2018 MLB Draft
June 6, 2018

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Three student-athletes heard their names called on the first two days of the 2018 MLB Draft, and four Rebels were selected during the final day for Ole Miss baseball.

James McArthur went in the 12th round to the Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Olenek was chosen in the 17th round by the San Francisco Giants, Will Golsan was selected in the 26th by the Colorado Rockies and Parker Caracci was tabbed in the 37th round by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Adding Ryan Rolison in the first round to the Colorado Rockies, Nick Fortes in the fourth to the Miami Marlins and Brady Feigl in the fifth to the Oakland Athletics, the tally is now up to 106 players chosen in the Mike Bianco Era.

McArthur turned in a strong junior campaign as the Sunday starter in the Rebel rotation. The New Braunfels, Texas, native was 6-1 with a 4.48 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 16 starts. He has 15 wins and 179 strikeouts over his career as a Rebel.


 

 

Olenek is coming off an outstanding junior season that included first-team All-SEC honors. The utility player out of Winter Park, Florida, compiled a 23-game hitting streak, during which he hit .516 with 17 multi-hit games and an OPS of 1.228. He was statistically the toughest player to strike out in the Southeastern Conference and was a finalist for the Ferriss Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding college baseball player in Mississippi.

Golsan had a fantastic senior campaign as well. He was a Senior CLASS Award candidate and hit .304 on the season with 13 doubles, two triples and four home runs. The four-year starter out of Columbus, Mississippi, drove in 48 runs and was the team leader in two-out RBI. The team captain was also spectacular defensively in center field and earned SEC All-Tournament Team honors after hitting over .400 to fuel the team's conference title run.

Caracci had a breakout season in which he solidified himself as one of the top shut-down closers in college baseball. He had a team-high 10 saves, helping the team tie a program record with 21 saves on the year. He finished at 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA, constantly working in high-pressure situations. He struck out 73 batters in 48.0 innings of work. Caracci earned an SEC Pitcher of the Week nod and was named second-team All-SEC and a second-team All-American by Baseball America at season's end.

For all Ole Miss Baseball news and information, visit the official athletics site OleMissSports.com. For more social media updates, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissBSB, on Facebook at Ole Miss Baseball and on Instagram at olemissbsb.

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