Junior Ryan Honeycutt Selected in the 41st Round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/09/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 9, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--University of New Mexico junior Ryan Honeycutt, was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the 1248th pick of the 41st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Honeycutt is one of five Lobos to get the call in this year's draft. The Las Cruces, N.M., native finished the season with a .353 batting average, 78 hits, 11 doubles, 55 RBIs and six home runs. Honeycutt served as the Lobos' primary designated hitter for the last two years, since transferring from Central Arizona College.

"I was waiting and watching and I'm just glad to be drafted," said Honeycutt. "This has been my life's dream and it feels like I've got the monkey off my back. I'm happy to see the others get drafted and I'm excited for them. Growing up I've had to work for what I've got, I've never been given anything. I can remember all those times in the front yard playing wiffle ball and dreaming about playing pro ball. I was just excited to see my name flash on the screen."

In 2009, Honeycutt hit .406 and at one point in the season led the country in batting average. In his two-year career, Honeycutt has hit .378 and has started 107 games. Honeycutt was also a part-time left fielder and led the Mountain West Conference with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Honeycutt joins fellow juniors Kenny Toves and Rafael Neda and seniors Willy Kesler and Justin Howard in the 2010 New Mexico draft class.