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Pair of ‘Noles Go on Day 2 of MLB Draft

After D.J. Stewart was picked in the first round on Monday, two other Florida State players went late on the second day of the 2015 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

No Seminoles were chosen between rounds 2 and 8 on Tuesday, but in the ninth round, catcher Danny De La Calle was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 268th overall pick.

A Miami native, De La Calle hit .251 in 63 games as a senior in 2015. The 6’3″ catcher was third on the team with 8 home runs and added 35 RBIs despite hitting ninth for most of the year.

Left-handed closer Billy Strode was selected one round later by the Cleveland Indians with the 304th overall pick.

After serving as a midweek starter in 2014, Strode assumed the closer role for FSU this past season.

In 30 innings, the lefty posted a 3-0 record and a 1.80 ERA as a senior. Strode entered the Super Regional of the NCAA Tournament tied for the ACC lead with 14 saves.

The 2015 draft will conclude Wednesday with the final 30 rounds. Josh Delph, John Sansone, Mike Compton, Bryant Holtmann and Dylan Silva are among the Seminoles who could hear their names called between rounds 11 and 40.

Featured image courtesy of Lynn Hey Photo

Mike Ferguson

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.

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