Four Gators Selected Over Final Two Days of MLB Draft
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida junior left-hander Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) was chosen in the seventh round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft on Friday afternoon by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 210th overall pick.
Over 32 appearances this season, the second-highest total on the Orange and Blue, Gibson was 2-1 with a 4.42 ERA. The southpaw registered 31 strikeouts and issued 20 walks in 38.2 innings, while limiting opponents to a .254 batting average. Gibson notched the Gators’ victory at No. 7 Florida State on April 9 with two scoreless frames and earned the decision as UF completed a weekend sweep of No. 8 South Carolina at McKethan Stadium on April 13.
In 23 outings during his sophomore campaign, Gibson was 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA and collected one save. In 24.1 innings of work, the lefty totaled 17 strikeouts, permitted 11 walks and held foes to a .250 average. He did not surrender any runs during his first eight appearances of the campaign. Gibson picked up first career save to complete the Gators’ sweep of No. 8 Miami (Fla.), as Florida was down 5-3 entering the final frame and plated five runs to defeat the Hurricanes for the 11th-consecutive time.
During his freshman season in 2011, the southpaw made 14 appearances out of the bullpen covering 10.1 innings, registered 10 strikeouts and permitted three walks. Gibson closed the Gators’ NCAA Tournament-opening win over Manhattan with a perfect ninth.
Sophomore right-hander Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) and senior shortstop Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) have each heard his name called on the final day of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday. Magliozzi went to New York Mets in the 17th round at No. 506, while Dent went in the 22nd round to the Washington Nationals at No. 676. The Boston Red Sox also chose UF starting quarterback Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, Fla.) in the 29th round with the 863rd choice.
In 29 appearances this season, including four starts, Magliozzi was 4-2 with a team-low 2.67 earned run average and recorded 12 saves, one shy of Florida’s single-season record. The righty was second on the squad with 57 strikeouts in 67.1 innings and held opponents to a .213 batting average. He tied his career-best effort with six strikeouts against Texas A&M at the SEC Tournament and versus Valparaiso at the NCAA Bloomington Regional. Magliozzi was 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 13 SEC outings and collected seven saves, highlighted by a pair during the series sweep of eighth-ranked South Carolina. Magliozzi had previously been taken in the 35th round by the Tampa Bay Rays coming out of high school in 2011.
Dent started 48 games in his final collegiate season, 37 at shortstop and 11 in center field, and saw action in 52 of the Gators’ 59 contests. He had a .169 batting average, with 17 walks, 15 runs, 13 RBI, a team-high 10 sacrifice hits and three doubles. Named to the 2013 SEC Community Service Team, Dent sported a .971 fielding percentage. A four-year letterwinner for the Orange and Blue who enjoyed three-straight trips to the NCAA College World Series, he was chosen to the CWS All-Tournament Team in 2011 and played in 184 games with 101 starts as a Gator.
Junior right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) was taken by the Washington Nationals on Saturday during the final day of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft in the 37th round at No. 1,126 overall. Head coachKevin O’Sullivan’s squad tallied five selections over the three-day event that spanned 40 rounds. The Gators have now had 44 picks in his six-year tenure (three in 2008, 10 in 2009, six in 2010, 11 in 2011 and nine in 2012). Before O’Sullivan’s arrival, Florida’s previous high number of picks was eight in both 1999 and 2002.
Whitson was sidelined during the 2013 campaign and appeared in 14 games as a sophomore in ‘12, with 10 starts, when he was 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA. He totaled 20 strikeouts in 33.1 innings and now sports a 12-1 (.923) career pitching record.
As a freshman in 2011, Whitson was chosen as the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game and was named to the organization’s Freshman All-American team. He also earned Freshman All-American recognition from Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). A member of the SEC’s All-Freshman Team, Whitson held a permanent spot in the Gators’ weekend rotation and finished 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA as Florida finished as the national runner-up. He tied for the top position with 19 starts, led the club with 92 strikeouts in 97.1 innings and limited opponents to a .235 batting average. Whitson had been drafted previously at No. 9 overall by the San Diego Padres in 2010.
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