FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas outfielder Matt Vinson and pitcher Randall Fant have signed professional baseball contracts.
The two were among the 11 Razorbacks selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft last week. The Houston Astros drafted Fant in the 29th round, while the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Vinson in the 37th round.
Vinson, an Alma native, was selected after hitting a career-best .286 with 24 RBIs as a senior. A strong defensive outfielder, Vinson started 137 games during his Arkansas career. He hit .245 and drove in 60 runs as a Razorback.
Fant was a regular in Arkansas’ weekend pitching rotation in 2013, going 6-1 with a 2.03 earned run average. The left-hander made 59 appearances with 49 starts during his Arkansas career, logging a 14-11 record in four seasons.
The two joined pitcher Barrett Astin (Milwaukee Brewers, 3rd round), pitcher Trent Daniel (Colorado Rockies, 17th round) and Jacob Morris (Chicago White Sox, 24th round) as drafted Razorbacks to sign pro contracts.
Players have until July 12 to sign with the teams that drafted them.
Stanek Earns Honor
Arkansas pitcher Ryne Stanek was named a second-team All-American by PerfectGame.org after going 10-2 with a 1.39 ERA in 2013.
It was the third All-American honor Stanek has earned after leading an Arkansas pitching staff that notched a 1.89 ERA, which was the lowest in college baseball since 1976. Stanek — who was selected by Tampa Bay with the 29th pick in the MLB Draft last week — also was named a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America earlier this month.