Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
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.