Friday June 7, 2013UF's Daniel Gibson Taken In Seventh Round Of MLB Draft By Arizona Diamondbacks
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. He becomes the second member of head coach Kevin OíSullivanís 2013 Gator squad selected, as junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) was a first-round pick of the Detroit Tigers last night at No. 20.
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 Gatorsí 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 Gatorsí 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 Gatorsí NCAA Tournament-opening win over Manhattan with a perfect ninth.