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Derek Diamond RHP-Pittsburgh Pirates: 2022 MLB Draft, 6th Rd, 170th overall

The SEC Academic Honor Roll selection also found time to win three of his final four starts in 2022. The California product was an integral part of Ole Miss’ first ever national championship despite not showcasing much down the stretch. The former Rebel had his share of struggles in 2022, but major league teams had a large share of inventory.

Derek Diamond RHP-Pittsburgh Pirates
Diamond didn’t stand out in 2022, but his work over a three-year period caught the eye of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While he could never match the consistency of former Ole Miss pitcher and Cleveland Indians 2021 second-round pick Doug Nikhazy, Diamond brings a lot of potential to the table for the next level.

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.