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Four Seminoles Selected on Final Day of MLB Draft

The Major League Baseball Amateur Draft concluded Wednesday with the final 30 rounds. For Florida State, the school saw four more players including three pitchers get selected from rounds 11 through 40, giving the Seminoles seven total selections for the draft.

Left-handed pitcher Dylan Silva was the first Seminole off the board Wednesday as he was selected in the 11th round at pick No. 335.

Silva got better as the year went on as a junior in 2015, finishing the year with 7 wins in relief, which was tied with starter Boomer Biegalski for the team lead. Silva posted a 4.29 ERA and finished with 76 strikeouts in less than 57 innings.

A draft-eligible sophomore because of his age, Biegalski went 428th overall to the Oakland Athletics in the 14th round. The MVP of the ACC Tournament, Biegalski was 7-5 with a 3.17 ERA, which was tops among FSU starters in what could be his only year as a Seminole.

Biegalski led the team with 120 strikeouts while recording better than a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in a team-high 108 innings. Biegalski held opponents to just a .210 batting average.

Returning for his senior year led lefty pitcher Bryant Holtmann to get selected two rounds higher than last year as Holtmann was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 24th round with the 706th overall pick.

Like Silva and Biegalski, Holtmann improved as the season went on. Holtmann finished with a 6-1 record and 3.36 ERA in 20 appearances, 9 starts, and allowed just 22 walks in over 64 innings pitched.

The final FSU player off the board was the last pick of the 37th round as outfielder Josh Delph went to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with the No. 1,125 pick. Delph is a 4-year starter at Florida State and appeared in all 65 games this year for the Seminoles.

The team’s lead-off hitter, Delph finished third on the team with a .292 batting average and was second on the squad with a .417 on-base percentage. Delph added a homer and 25 RBIs in his final season in Tallahassee.

Of the seven Seminoles selected in this year’s draft, D.J. Stewart, Silva and Biegalski have the option of returning and re-entering the draft next season. Stewart’s return however, is very unlikely as he was taken 25th overall by the Baltimore Orioles.

Featured image courtesy of Michael Schwarz/Special to the Tallahassee Democrat

About Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is a Bloguin contributor, the editor of Noled Out and a lifetime Florida State sports enthusiast. Mike vividly remembers watching Warrick Dunn run down the sideline in Gainesville in 1993, the "Choke at Doak" in 1994 and Monte Cummings' driving layup to beat #1 Duke in 2002. Mike has worked as a sports reporter in both print and online. For isportsweb in 2013, Mike gave press coverage of Florida State football's run to the 2013 national championship. Mike has been featured on SI.com, FoxSports.com and Yahoo Sports while interviewing major sports stars such as 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a major in Religion and a minor in Communications. Mike currently resides in Haines City, Florida with his wife Jennifer and daughters Trinity and Greenly. Mike is a full-time reporter at Polk County's newspaper, The Ledger, in Lakeland, Florida. Mike can be followed on Twitter @MikeWFerguson.