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Tuesday June 7, 2011Nine Gators Chosen On Tuesday In Major League Baseball Draft

Gainesville, Fla.

Nine members of head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s Gator baseball squad were chosen on the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. This total is one shy of the school-record number of 10 selections set in 2009 and rounds 31-50 will be held on Wednesday to complete the three-day event.

 

Junior left-hander Nick Maronde (Lexington, Ky.) was picked in the third round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with the 104th overall pick. Florida’s leader with 31 appearances, the southpaw is 0-0 and has registered a 1.66 earned run average this season. Over 38 innings, Maronde has totaled 50 strikeouts, issued seven walks and collected a pair of saves. In addition, he has limited opponents to a .179 average, including a .093 performance with runners on base. Maronde had previously been picked in the 43rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by Oakland.

 

Junior right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (Freehold, N.J.), was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round at number 199. The righty has a 5-3 mark in 27 appearances spanning 43.1 innings. He has compiled a 4.36 ERA and has 38 strikeouts, six walks and three saves. Before coming to Gainesville, DeSclafani had been taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round in 2008.

 

A member of last weekend’s NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team who was taken in the ninth round by the New York Mets with the 282nd choice, junior left-hander Alex Panteliodis (Tampa, Fla.) is 6-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 16 appearances, with 10 starts. Over 52.2 innings, the lefty has notched 44 strikeouts and permitted nine walks, while holding foes to a .251 clip. Panteliodis fired five scoreless innings to lift the Gators to their first SEC Tourney title since 1991 with a 5-0 victory over fourth-ranked Vanderbilt on May 29 and carried a shutout into the seventh inning on Sunday as UF downed No. 16 Miami (Fla.), 11-4, to win its third-straight Regional.

 

Redshirt junior right-hander Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.)  was taken in the 11th round by the Milwaukee Brewers at No. 341. The right-hander has a 5-3 record with a 3.21 ERA and earned the win in last Saturday’s walk-off triumph over UM that kept Florida in the winner’s bracket. Toledo has struck out 31 batters and given up eight walks in 33.2 innings and 25 appearances. He had previously been drafted by San Diego in the third round in 2007 and in the 32nd round by Minnesota last June.

 

Second-team All-SEC second baseman Josh Adams (Jacksonville, Fla.) was chosen by the Florida Marlins in the 13th round with the 403rd pick. Adams became just the fourth Gator baseball player in school history to achieve All-SEC status in three different seasons, as he previously garnered first-team accolades in 2008 and 2009. He is now a member of an elite group that includes Mike Stanley (82-84-85), Marc Valdes (91-92-93) and Brad Wilkerson (96-97-98). Enjoying a tremendous final collegiate campaign, Adams batted .351 with 21 RBI, 15 runs and eight extra-base hits (five doubles, three homers) in SEC action and boasts a .330 clip with 40 RBI, 32 runs, 16 sacrifices and 11 doubles. Adams had been previously drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 30th round in 2007.

 

Recently tabbed the Most Outstanding Player of the Gainesville Regional, junior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) went to the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round with the 498th selection. The right fielder, who hit .311 with 25 runs, 22 RBI, seven doubles and four homers in conference action, earned first-team All-SEC honors this season. Tucker has a .319 average and leads the Gators with 65 RBI. He is second on the club in doubles (20) and homers (13).

 

Junior catcher Ben McMahan (Windermere, Fla.) was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 23rd round at number 701. In 31 games this spring, with 11 starts, he is batting .241 with 10 runs, three RBI and has three stolen bases in four attempts. McMahan was chosen by the New York Yankees in the 30th round in 2008.

 

Senior right-hander Matt Campbell (Tampa, Fla.) was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 24th round with the 751st choice after being taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 43rd round last June. In 15 appearances, Campbell sports a 5.28 ERA in 15.1 innings, with 13 strikeouts and five walks.

 

Junior Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.) was the final Gator who heard his name called on Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected him with No. 885 in the 29th round. A member of the SEC’s Community Service Team, Larson is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and rates second on the squad with 28 appearances. He has registered 27 K and allowed six walks in 36 innings and has been part of four shutouts.

 

Tuesday’s Draft featured rounds two through 30 and concludes Wednesday with rounds 31 through 50. Selections resume at noon and can be followed at www.MLB.com/live. The last day for teams to sign 2011 First-Year Player Draft selections is midnight Aug. 15.

 

Current Gators Chosen In 2011 Major League Baseball Draft (Thru 30 Rounds)

Player

Round

Pick

Team

Nick Maronde (LHP)

3rd

104th

L.A. Angels of Anaheim

Anthony DeSclafani (RHP)

6th

199th

Toronto Blue Jays

Alex Panteliodis (LHP)

9th

282nd

New York Mets

Tommy Toledo (RHP)

11th

341st

Milwaukee Brewers

Josh Adams (2B)

13th

403rd

Florida Marlins

Preston Tucker (1B/OF)

16th

498th

Colorado Rockies

Ben McMahan (C)

23rd

701st

Milwaukee Brewers

Matt Campbell (RHP)

24th

751st

Philadelphia Phillies

Greg Larson (RHP)

29th

885th

L.A. Angels of Anaheim

 

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