The Southeastern Conference is no stranger to producing talented players who can help almost immediately in Major League Baseball -- especially on the mound.
And another crop of talented players has emerged this season.
More than a half-dozen players -- including Florida catcher Mike Zunino, LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman and Mississippi State pitcher Chris Stratton -- are drawing plenty of attention from major league scouts as June's amateur draft quickly approaches.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said the SEC's ability to attract top talent, combined with the popularity of the sport in the South, make it a fertile area to find prospects.
Recent SEC pitchers like Vanderbilt's David Price and Mike Minor, along with Mississippi's Lance Lynn and Drew Pomeranz, have quickly ascended to the major leagues and had success.