Southern Miss relief pitcher Ryan Och drafted by San Diego Padres

Southern Miss relief pitcher Ryan Och was selected by the San Diego Padres in the seventh round with the 220th overall pick.

According to the Sun Herald, Och has already elected to turn pro at a slot value of $197,300 forgoing his final two years of eligibility in Hattiesburg.

The lefty played a big role down the stretch for Southern Miss in 2021, cementing his status as one of the nation’s best relievers with an 11-strikeout performance against Florida State in the Oxford Regional.

For the season, Och went 8-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 59 punchouts across 35-and-a-third innings.

When you win the College World Series your players are going to be pretty popular on Draft Day. Starting with Mississippi State’s Omaha Hero, Will Bednar was selected in Sunday’s first round 14th overall by the San Francisco Giants.

Five picks later, Ole Miss pitcher Gunnar Hogland went to the Kansas City Royals, but after that it was all Bulldogs.

SEC Player of the Year Tanner Allen to the Miami Marlins in the fourth round, 118 overall, Eric Cerantola in the fifth round, 139 overall, also to the Royals and then Christian Macleod in the fifth round as well 159 overall to the Twins.

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