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53peters.jpgBeen bogged down with some other work and trying to churn out a track and field story as we speak, but in the meantime I thought I would run through a few short afternoon notes.

- The MLB Draft is still in its early rounds, but already three UK baseball players, one former star prospect and a signee have been drafted in the first eight rounds. Junior second baseman Chris Bisson was the first current player off the board as he was selected in the fourth round (124th overall) by the San Diego Padres. Junior left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell (sixth round, 195th overall to the Minnesota Twins) and junior outfielder Lance Ray (eighth round, 255th overall) followed. Interesting to note that one year after going in the first round of the draft, former UK pitcher James Paxton slipped to the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round with the 132nd overall pick. Kentucky signee and right-handed pitcher Blake Perry, a native of Danville, Ky., was selected in the sixth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The most compelling storyline, I believe, over the next few days and weeks will be what Ray decides to do. The junior-college transfer was the team's best hitter down the stretch and transformed from a bench player with pinch-hitting duty to a sudden can't-miss-prospect. Will he stay for one more year or will he go? Brent Ingram will have a full release with all the draftees at the conclusion of the three-day draft.

- Congratulations to two former UK football players, defensive tackle Corey Peters and fullback John Conner, for reportedly signing NFL contracts. According to nationalfootballpost.com, Peters, a third-round selection, and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with a total maximum value of $3.295 million. Conner, a fifth-round selection, signed a four-year, $1.99 million deal with the New York Jets, according to The Star-Ledger. While getting drafted is huge for any young NFL hopeful, actually signing a contract with a team is half the battle. Signing early assures that the former Cats will be on the field for the all-important training camps in summer. Links will take you to the full details. 

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