Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award.
Stanek rated nation's No. 3 draft prospect
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS -- Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek talks with reporters after a June practice in Bellevue, Neb.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek was rated the No. 3 college prospect for the 2013 MLB Draft by Baseball America on Thursday.
The junior right-hander was one of four Razorbacks rated in the list of top 100 prospects. Pitchers Colby Suggs (No. 16) and Barrett Astin (65), and infielder Dominic Ficociello (74) also made the list.
Pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz, a UA signee who will play at Seminole State Junior College next season, was ranked by the publication as the No. 66 prospect.
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Stanek was drafted in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but turned down an offer of $850,000 to attend Arkansas. Earlier this year, he was rated the No. 2 draft prospect by ESPN.com.
As a sophomore, the Overland Park, Kan., native recorded an 8-4 record with a 2.82 earned run average. He was most impressive in the postseason, recording a 2-0 record in three starts with a 1.59 ERA.
The Razorbacks have had five players selected in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft since 2010. Third baseman Matt Reynolds and pitcher Nolan Sanburn were each selected in the second round of the draft this year.
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