Day Three of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft proved to be an exciting one for the Neptune Beach Pearl, with three former players all being selected.
2011 outfielder Ryan Cordell was the first to hear his name Saturday, being selected as the 340th pick overall in the 11th round by the Texas Rangers. Cordell, a native of Orangevale, Calif., just finished his junior season at Liberty University, where he helped take the Flames to their first NCAA regional final.
Another 2011 player also made news as pitcher Frank Duncan was drafted in the 39th round by the Cleveland Indians. The junior from San Francisco, Calif., completed his third season at the University of Kansas, where he was twice named the Big 12 player of the week in 2012.
Will Anderson, a 2012 right-handed pitcher for the Pearl, was drafted as the 785th pick overall in the 26th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. A native of Pleasanton, Calif., the junior was originally drafted in the 38th round in the 2010 draft, instead choosing to play collegiate ball. Anderson spent two years at Fresno State before transferring to California State Monterey Bay, where he was named an All-American, the first in Otter history.
The Neptune Beach Pearl organization would like to congratulate all former Pearl players on their draft success. The players will have to decide by July 12th if they are going to sign with their respective organizations or return to their schools for their senior seasons.