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Friday June 7, 2013 Crawford, Zunino, Belichick on Tebow, Miller, Muschamp's SEC experience, more tidbits

Updated: 2:36pm, June 7

Jonathon Crawford

Gators starter Jonathon Crawford (No. 23) went to the Tigers in the first round of Thursday's MLB Draft.

Florida right-hander Jonathon Crawford didn’t have to wait long Thursday night to hear his name called in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Detroit selected Crawford with the 20th overall pick in the draft. Crawford’s 95-mph fastball and above-average slider were too much for the Tigers to pass up.

“He has a power arm with a plus slider,” Tigers vice president of amateur scouting David Chadd said in a release. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to add him to our organization.”

A year ago the San Francisco Giants selected Mississippi State right-hander Chris Stratton with the 20th pick in the draft. He signed for a $1.85 million bonus.

Crawford was the only Gator selected on the draft’s first night. Houston took Stanford right-hander Mark Appel with the first overall pick. Crawford was the second SEC player off the board behind Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who was taken by the Padres 13th overall.

Crawford becomes the highest-drafted Florida pitcher since John Burke was taken sixth overall in the 1991 draft.

Here is more on Crawford plus some other links covering topics of interest to Florida fans:

--Tigers use draft to stock up on pitchers writes Lynn Henning of the Detroit News.

--Former Gators catcher Mike Zunino, who caught Crawford’s no-hitter in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, remains in Triple A as Mariners call up Brandon Bantz to the surprise of some writes the Seattle Times.

--Former Gators standout Mike Miller and his Miami Heat teammates lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday. Miller also got his face stepped on, prompting commentator Jeff Van Gundy to quip, “He’s a Gator. He’s tough.”

--Former UF All-American Matt Elam has made a good first impression on his veteran teammates with the Ravens writes Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

--A look at how the Gators are doing at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Click here for more details from GatorZone.com.

--In case you missed this, a good story from Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union on the friendship UF basketball players Patric Young and Will Yeguete have developed with 3-year-old cancer patient Kaedyn Ballew.

--For the record, Patriots coach Bill Belichick does not hate Tim Tebow writes ESPNBoston.com.

--SEC experience key for Muschamp at UF writes Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.

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