Five current Gators, 10 baseball commits selected in 2013 MLB Draft; Florida QB Jeff Driskel, too

By Adam Silverstein
June 9, 2013

Florida Gators baseball had five current players selected in the three-day, 40-round 2013 MLB Draft, though it is unknown as of press time how many of the players that were selected will wind up leaving the program.

Junior right-handed pitcher Jonathon Crawford, selected by the Detroit Tigers with the No. 20 pick in the first round on Thursday, tweeted Saturday that he be leaving Florida and collecting the $2 million assigned value to his draft spot. “Excited to be apart of @tigers organization,” he wrote. “Looking forward to getting to work. Truly an honor and a blessing to be a Tiger!”

A Gators football player was also picked on Saturday as junior quarterback Jeff Driskel was nabbed by the Boston Red Sox with the No. 863rd overall pick in the 29th round of the draft. Boston retains Driskel’s rights until the 2014 MLB Draft next June and will only have its pick pay off should the player choose to give up football after the 2013 season. Driskel, who initially planned to play football and baseball at Florida, was a talented outfielder in high school who would have been drafted in 2011 had he not been dead-set on playing college football.

Below are the current Gators, 2014 Florida commitments and other notable players selected during the draft from Thursday-Saturday.

CURRENT PLAYERS

Round 7 – No. 210
Daniel Gibson, LHP
Arizona Diamondbacks


Height: 6’131″ – Weight: 220 lbs.
B/T: L/L – Class: Junior

The Gators’ top lefty reliever, Gibson will likely remain in the bullpen on the next level as he does have four solid pitches but is most effective when throwing his fastball and slider. Some teams view him as a potential starter, however. He appeared in 32 games for Florida in 2013, finishing the year 2-1 with a 4.42 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 38.2 innings. As a sophomore, Gibson went 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. He was originally drafted with the No. 789 overall pick in the 26th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers but instead chose to go to college. It appears likely that Gibson will leave college, at least according to the Twitter account he established after being drafted. “So excited to be an Arizona Diamondback!” he wrote. “Ready to get out and play! #dreamcometrue”


Round 17 – No. 506
Johnny Magliozzi, RHP
New York Mets


Height: 5’10” – Weight: 180 lbs.
B/T: R/R – Class: Sophomore

After starting the season as the Gators’ closer, Magliozzi transitioned into a starter by the end of the year when Florida needed fresh, effective arms during postseason play. He appeared in 29 total games (four starts), finishing with a 4-2 record and 12 saves (one shy of the program’s single-season record) and team-low 2.67 ERA while registering 57 strikeouts in 67.1 innings of work. As a true freshman in 2012, Magliozzi went 2-1 with seven saves, a 1.93 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 34.0 innings. Draft-eligible as a sophomore because he will turn 21 within 45 days of the start of the draft, Magliozzi is unlikely to jump at this time. He was first drafted back in 2011 by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 1,080th pick in the 35th round of the draft.

Round 22 – No. 676
Cody Dent, SS
Washington Nationals


Height: 6’0″ – Weight: 190 lbs.
B/T: L/R – Class: Senior

Though he has a nice glove and is a capable defender (.971 fielding average), Dent never put things together at the plate for the Gators, batting .233, .207, .134 and .169, respectively, in each of his four years at Florida. He started 48 games (37 at shortstop) and played in 52 total contests in 2013, finishing with 13 RBI and a team-high 10 sacrifice hits. As a senior, he is guaranteed to take this opportunity with Washington and hope that he finds a spark in the minor leagues.

Round 37 – No. 1,126
Karsten Whitson, RHP
Washington Nationals


Height: 6’4″ – Weight: 215 lbs.
B/T: R/R – Class: Junior

The No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, Whitson chose to play for the Gators because he was unable to come to terms with the Padres on a contract and due to his claim of not being ready to play professional baseball. He shined for Florida as a rookie, going 8-1 in 19 starts, finishing with a 2.40 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 97.1 innings. Injuries limited Whitson as a sophomore (10 starts, 4-0 record, 3.51 ERA) and wiped out his entire 2013 season as he underwent a shoulder procedure in February before throwing a single baseball as a junior. The Nationals took a flier on Whitson in case he feels like he is done playing college baseball but chances are he returns as a redshirt junior in 2014 in hopes of reestablishing his talent and raising his stock back to that of a first-round pick next season. Should Whitson return, he will be the ace of UF’s rotation, as he was supposed to be in 2013.

Draft-eligible Gators who were not selected: Junior RHP Keenan Kish, redshirt junior INF Zack Powers, senior first baseman Vickash Ramjit

2014 COMMITMENTS

SS Christian Arroyo (Brooksville, FL)
Round 1 – No. 25 | San Francisco Giants

Florida’s best infield pledge, Arroyo started on Team USA’s 18-and-under team and has tremendous upside as a contact hitter and potentially terrific defender. His draft slot is assigned $1.87 million, and it is unlikely that he ultimately plays for the Gators.

RHP Tyler Danish (Plant City, FL)
Round 2 – No. 55 | Chicago White Sox

Danish is an impressive pitcher with a “funky” three-quarter delivery who some scouts project as a bullpen arm on the professional level. He went 94-straight innings season without allowing an earned run during his senior season, registering 156 walkouts and just 16 walks in that span. With $1 million coming to him from Chicago, Danish will be on his way to the minor leagues and not keeping his commitment to Florida.

LHP Sean Brady (Cape Coral, FL)
Round 5 – No. 141 | Cleveland Indians

If Cleveland hopes to convince Brady to sign, it will likely be forced to pay him the full $347,000 his draft slot demands. However, because he is set to turn 19 in a few days, Brady will be draft-eligible after his sophomore season should he decide to go to college and play for the Gators. That may play a role in his ultimate decision.

RHP Brett Morales (Tampa, FL)
Round 24 – No. 735 | Cincinnati Reds

Still relatively raw as a pitcher, Morales is a second-round-caliber talent who was drafted late because his intentions of enrolling at Florida were well-known. “Can’t wait to be a Florida Gator blessed to have that opportunity and can’t wait to help them win a National Championship! God’s plan for me,” he tweeted.

RHP Logan Shore (Coon Rapids, MN)
Round 29 – No. 860 | Minnesota Twins

Shore had the opportunity to go in the third round to Cleveland but turned down the chance (partially due to the team’s low salary offer) and called the Gators to reaffirm that he would join the team in 2014. Minnesota selected him as a “gesture” to a local talent, and Shore hopes the Twins feel the same way about him in three years.

RHP Dane Dunning (Fleming Island, FL)
Round 34 – No. 1,015 | Toronto Blue Jays

Dunning will be attending Florida in 2014.

LHP A.J. Puk (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Round 35 – No. 1,056 | Detroit Tigers

Puk expected to be drafted higher but has the opportunity be a two-way player for the Gators. If he only wanted to pitch, he would have been selected earlier and gone pro.

LHP Scott Moss (Deltona, FL)
Round 38 – No. 1,129 | Colorado Rockies

Moss reaffirmed that he will play for Florida in 2014.

SS John Sternagel (Rockledge, FL)
Round 39 – No. 1,164 | Kansas City Royals

All signs point to Sternagel playing for the Gators and possibly moving to third base. He does plan to negotiate with the Royals first, however.

RHP Shaun Anderson (Coral Springs, FL)
Round 40 – No. 1,216 | Washington Nationals

The final pick of the entire draft, Anderson will be playing for Florida in 2014.

OTHERS

CF Taylor Ratliff (Perry, FL)
Round 13 – No. 390 | Arizona Diamondbacks

Though he is currently on UF’s roster, Ratliff has never suited up for the Gators as he lost a waiver ruling and sat out the 2013 season for an NCAA-mandated transfer year. Ratliff played for Jacksonville from 2011-12 but chose to transfer to UF to continue his collegiate career. After starting 52 games as a true freshman at JU, he started just 30 as a sophomore because a broken hand forced him to miss the second half of that season. Ratliff is expected to turn pro.

OF Nick Washington (Jacksonville, FL)
Undrafted

Washington was reportedly receiving interest from teams picking in the first and second round of the draft but told the interested parties not to select him because he is focused on playing college football (and baseball) for Florida.

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