(NEW YORK, NY) The 2013 edition of the Major League Baseball Draft brings out hope for fans of all teams looking to find the next superstar, but for a couple local products, it brings out hopes of playing baseball at the highest level.
Benton High School graduate Johnny Coy and Central High School alumnus Keaton Steele are hoping their latest accomplishments at the Division I level will motivate teams to call on them this weekend.
Coy is no stranger to the draft.
He was selected in the seventh round by the Phillies in 2008, and again by the Blue Jays in 2011.
The Wichita State slugger wrapped up his senior year hitting .429 with two doubles and two RBI in the NCAA Regional Tournament in Manhattan, Kan.
Coy was just one of two players from a mid-major to make the all-region team.
Steele's also hoping that his stock is on the rise after leading Mizzou in home runs (5) and slugging percentage (.425) in his first season with the Tigers.
But despite all of that, he'll likely be taken as a pitcher.
Steele was 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 63 1/3 innings in 2013.
The Tampa Bay Rays picked him in the 29th round of the 2012 draft after he picked up a save in the NJCAA World Series for Iowa Western Community College.
The Major League Baseball Draft begins Thursday evening with the first two rounds airing on MLB Network at 6pm. Rounds 3-10 will be Friday, and 11-40 Saturday.