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Chase Estep 3B-NY Mets: 2022 MLB Draft, 9th Rd, 269th overall

Estep earned both National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week honors in the 2022 campaign. Along with shortstop Ryan Ritter, the pair manned the left side of the infield admirably for the Wildcats over a two-year period. This came after he had seen time as an outfielder for the Wildcats.

Estep’s power element went to another level this past year. He finished with career-highs in both home runs and slugging percentage. The three-time All-State football standout brings a high level of energy to the field.

Baltimore Orioles 2021 3rd Round pick, 76th overall: John Rhodes OF-Kentucky

2021 was an up-and-down year for Rhodes after breaking out in a truncated 2020 campaign. As a Freshman All-American, Rhodes hit .426 with an SEC-leading 10 doubles. The versatile outfielder has the ability to play multiple positions and worked to increase his power as a sophomore.

Yet another sophomore who meets the 2021 MLB Draft’s eligibility standards, the former three-sport prep athlete stood out for the Du Lac Dock Spiders of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2020. Major league scouts are intrigued with the 200-pounder’s bat speed and versatility. Rhodes began to regain his form late in 2021 with many of the same characteristics that littered his first year on campus.