June 5, 2012
Conference USA had 30 players that were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, which concluded on Wednesday afternoon. Rice RHP J.T. Chargois was the first C-USA player chosen, going to the Minnesota Twins in the second round with the 72nd overall choice. He was one of eight Owls to be selected, the most of any C-USA school.
East Carolina and UCF both produced six selections, while Houston had three. Eight of the nine Conference USA schools had at least one player selected.
2012 Conference USA Player of the Year Jacob Wilson of Memphis went to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round, while C-USA Pitcher of the Year Matthew Reckling of Rice was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 14th round.
One of the other notable selections was Southern Miss RHP Austin Davis, who went to the Boston Red Sox in the 31st round. Davis is an All-Conference USA quarterback that never played a baseball game as a Golden Eagle and signed with the St. Louis Rams following the NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Dodgers the most players selected from Conference USA with five, while the Minnesota Twins and the San Diego Padres both chose three C-USA standouts. A total of 21 different MLB clubs drafted at least one player from Conference USA.
C-USA's 2012 MLB DRAFT PICKS
Rd.Player Pos. School MLB Team
2 J.T. Chargois RHP Rice Minnesota Twins
3 Dan Langfield RHP Memphis Cincinnati Reds
5 Tyler Duffey RHP Rice Minnesota Twins
5 Joe Rogers LHP UCF Detroit Tigers
7 Roman Madrid RHP UCF San Diego Padres
10 Craig Manuel C Rice Washington Nationals
10 Jacob Wilson 3B Memphis St. Louis Cardinals
11 Jeremy Rathjen OF Rice Los Angeles Dodgers
12 Zach Wright C East Carolina Los Angeles Angels
13 Darnell Sweeney SS UCF Los Angeles Dodgers
14 Matthew Reckling RHP Rice Los Angeles Dodgers
14 Andrew Benak RHP Rice New York Yankees
16 Ronnie Richardson OF UCF San Diego Padres
17 D.J. Hicks 1B UCF Minnesota Twins
17 Joe Church RHP Marshall San Diego Padres
18 Jeremy Schaffer C Tulane St. Louis Cardinals
18 Kevin Brandt LHP East Carolina Tampa Bay Rays
20 Jharel Cotton RHP East Carolina Los Angeles Dodgers
22 Taylor Wall LHP Rice Milwaukee Brewers
24 Mike Mason LHP Marshall Colorado Rockies
28 Mo Wiley RHP Houston Cincinnati Reds
29 John Cannon C Houston Los Angeles Dodgers
30 Chase McDowell RHP Rice Pittsburgh Pirates
31 Corey Thompson 3B East Carolina Chicago White Sox
31 Austin Davis RHP Southern Miss Boston Red Sox
32 Garrett Cannizaro SS Tulane New York Yankees
34 Jared Ray RHP Houston Arizona Diamondbacks
35 Tyler Joyner LHP East Carolina Kansas City Royals
37 John Wooten 1B East Carolina Oakland A's
37 Matt Collins RHP UCF Los Angeles Angels