Three More Rebels Drafted In 2013 MLB Draft

June 8, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former Rebels Andrew Beresford, Mark Shannon and Brandon Bayardi joined Buddy Borden in being selected during the three-day 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, which concluded on Saturday.

"I'm very happy for our guys that were drafted today," head coach Tim Chambers said. "They all had great careers at UNLV and it is exciting that they will continue their careers at the next level. It is our goal to have multiple guys drafted every year and it is rewarding to our staff to see it happen."

Beresford, a right-handed pitcher, was the first Rebel taken on the final day of the draft. The New York Yankees selected him as the 584th overall pick in the 19th round. Beresford finished his final season as a Rebel with a 5-1 record with a 4.00 ERA. He struck out 23 in 27.0 innings and recorded four saves.

Shannon, an outfielder and left-handed pitcher, was taken five rounds later as the 727th overall pick by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 24th round. He was a two-way player for the Rebels and was selected to the Olerud Watch List, which is awarded to the top two-way player in college baseball. He hit .309 from the plate as a senior, recorded 39 RBI and stole 11 bases, which was second most on the team. From the mound he posted a 4-2 record to go with a 4.99 ERA. 

Bayardi, an outfielder, was the final Rebel selected in the draft and he joined Shannon in being drafted by the Angels. He was the 1087th overall pick and was taken off the board in the 36th round. Bayardi led the Rebels with 11 home runs as a senior and finished second on the team with a .341 batting average. He also led the team with 50 RBI and stole eight bases. 

Overall UNLV had four players drafted in this year's draft, which is the most since 2005.