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Rhymes' big weekend culminates in Draft pick

Rhymes' big weekend culminates in Draft pick

Rhymes' big weekend culminates in Draft pick

Raphael Rhymes has a lot to celebrate these days. On Friday night the Louisiana State University catcher helped his team top Oklahoma -- and this year's third Draft pick Jonathan Gray -- in Game 1 of his NCAA Super Regional. On Saturday the Tigers made Rhymes their 15th-round selection (456th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft.

Listed at six feet and 190 pounds, the senior outfielder is hitting .340 with four home runs and 45 RBIs. Last year he set a school record and led the nation with a .431 batting average.

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Rhymes has been drafted twice in the past, each time improving his position. In 201 the Pirates made him their 40th-round selection after his first season at LSU. Last year the Yankees drafted him in the 30th round.

Prior to joining LSU, Rhymes was named the 2010 Division II National Junior College Player of the Year after leading LSU-Eunice to a Division II JUCO national championship.

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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