Former USM players Sandlin, Reynolds begin pro careers


Nick Sandlin and Luke Reynolds, who each put together All-American seasons during their junior year at Southern Miss, have each started their professional careers with their respective Major League Baseball club.

Sandlin, a 2nd round pick by the Cleveland Indians (67th-pick overall), and Reynolds, a 10th-round selection by the Chicago Cubs (308th-pick overall), became the 24th and 25th Golden Eagles taken in the Top 10 rounds of last month’s MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Sandlin initially reported to the Arizona League for the Indians 1 squad, appearing in three, one-inning outings in which he allowed two hits and no runs with four strikeouts and no walks. The Evans, Ga., native earned a promotion over the weekend to the Class A Lake County (Ohio) Captains. Sandlin, who is currently on the same team as another former Golden Eagle, Kirk McCarty, allowed a hit and fanned one in his lone inning of work in his first outing on Saturday.

Reynolds collected his professional debut on Saturday in the Arizona League (Rookie) for the AZL Cubs 1. In his first two games, the Forest, Miss., product batted third and fourth in the batting lineup, respectively.

Here is a listing of all former Golden Eagles currently playing in organized Minor League Baseball. One other Southern Miss player, Brian Dozier, is on the roster for the Minnesota Twins.

Player                         Team (Level)                                 Organization              League               Draft     

Taylor Braley$          Greensboro (A)                            Miami Marlins           South Atlantic  2017

Dylan Burdeaux      Lakeland (High A)                         Detroit Tigers             Florida State     2017

Cody Carroll              Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) New York Yankees  International    2015

Scott Copeland*     Binghamton (AA)                         New York Mets         Eastern               2010

Conor Fisk                 Buffalo (AAA)                                Toronto Blue Jays    Eastern               2014

Kirk McCarty            Lake County (A)                            Cleveland Indians    Midwest            2017

Luke Reynolds         AZL Cubs 1 (Rookie)                    Chicago Cubs             Arizona               2018

Mason Robbins       Charlotte (AAA)                            Chicago White Sox   International    2014

Chuckie Robinson  Buies Creek (High A)                   Houston Astros         Carolina              2016

Hayden Roberts     Boise (Short Season A)              Colorado Rockies     Pioneer              2017

Bradley Roney$      Mississippi (AA)                            Atlanta Braves           Southern           2014

Nick Sandlin              Lake County (A)                            Cleveland Indians    Midwest            2018

Jake Winston           Kane County (A)                           Arizona D’backs        Midwest            2016

* Played in Major League Baseball; $ 7-Day DL