USM’s Matt Wallner, J.C. Keys sign to play pro ball

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In Hattiesburg, a pair of Southern Miss standouts making it official this week, those being Matt Wallner and J.C. Keys, signing with the Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds respectively.

Starting with Wallner, USM’s all-time home run leader and 39th overall selection, the highest ever in Golden Eagle history, put pen to paper with his hometown Twins on Monday.

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As for the right-handed Keys, a 23rd round selection of the Reds, he did the honors on Tuesday.

Both players will start at rookie ball for their respective organizations.