Most of the intrigue involving the draft involves Wichita State's existing players.
Pitcher Jordan Cooper, sophomore eligible because he turned 21 within 45 days of the draft, is projected by Baseball America to go in the top five rounds. Cooper is in a prime position, with the leverage to return as a junior and be drafted again, while maintaining the ability to return to school.
His return in 2011, while possible depending on where he gets drafted, would be a bonus for the Shockers. Cooper is the only Shocker projected among the top 200 talents, covering roughly the first six rounds, by Baseball America.
Redshirt freshman Johnny Coy enjoys even more leverage than Cooper. Coy, who plays first base and the outfield, is also eligible because of his age. He has three seasons of college eligibility remaining, meaning he can be drafted after his sophomore seasons and again after his junior season, while maintaining the ability to return to school.
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Coy was picked in the seventh round by Philadelphia after high school in 2008. If Coy returns for next season, enjoy his skills. With his power bat and athletic ability, his stay at WSU is not likely to last past 2011.
Junior designated hitter Preston Springer and junior pitcher Tim Kelley are also possible draft picks in the later rounds.
Several seniors, including outfielder Ryan Jones, will likely go in the late rounds. Arizona selected Jones in the 39th round in 2009.
Among recruits, there are no high-profile talents comparable to pitcher Garrett Gould, taken in the second round by the Dodgers in 2009. Lawrence left-handed pitcher Albert Minnis is likely to be the first recruit selected, and could go in the top 10 rounds. Outfielder Scott Schebler, from Des Moines Area Community College, is eligible for the draft after a freshman season in which he hit .446 with 20 home runs.