FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 29th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft tonight.
Stanek became the first Razorback selected in the first round of the MLB Draft since Zack Cox was taken 25th by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010. The right-hander became the seventh Arkansas player picked in the first round in school history and the highest pitcher selected since Nick Schmidt at No. 23 in 2007.
The selection came three years after Stanek was picked in the third round — 99th overall — by the Seattle Mariners in 2010. He turned down a bonus of approximately $800,000 to play college baseball with the Razorbacks.
The MLB slot value for the 29th pick in the 2012 draft was $1.625 million.
The junior — who went 10-2 with a 1.39 ERA in 2013 — had to wait longer than expected after being rated as a top 15 prospect leading up to the draft. Stanek eventually became the 13th pitcher (eighth from college) selected Thursday.
Arkansas closer Colby Suggs is projected as a top 100 prospect and could be selected before the end of the second round tonight. The draft will continue Friday (Rounds 3 through 10) and Saturday (Rounds 11 through 40).
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau