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Lockwood, Delphey drafted

USF redshirt sophomore centerfielder Ryan Lockwood and signee Ray Delphey were taken on the third and final day of the 2009 MLB draft Thursday.

Lockwood, the 2008 CBN National Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American, was taken in the 39th round of the draft by the Oakland Athletics.

Lockwood hit .454 in Big East games and .415 overall as a freshman in 2008, but his average dipped to .289 in 2009. He also had a streak of 87 consecutive games reaching base and a 32-game hitting streak snapped this spring.

Lockwood’s brother Nick, another signee, was the first Bull chosen in the draft.

The final USF player taken was Delphey, pitcher and outfielder. He was taken in the 42nd round by the San Diego Padres.

Delphey has unlimited potential, USF coach Lelo Prado said in a statement.

“The sky is the limit with Ray,” Prado said. “He has a great arm. He’s one of the best pitchers in the state of Florida. He has the potential to be a No. 1 starter.”

Other Bulls drafted were senior catcher Trey Manz, junior pitcher Shawn Sanford, and signees Chad Taylor, Chase Greene and Nick Lockwood.