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Saturday June 8, 2013UF's Karsten Whitson Chosen On Final Day Of MLB Draft; Gators Finish With Five Selections

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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 coach Kevin OíSullivanís 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 OíSullivanís arrival, Floridaís 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 Ď12, 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 organizationís 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 SECís All-Freshman Team, Whitson held a permanent spot in the Gatorsí 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.

 

Current Gators Chosen In 2013 Major League Baseball Draft

Player

Round

Pick

Team

Jonathon Crawford (RHP)

1st

20th

Detroit Tigers

Daniel Gibson (LHP)

7th

210th

Arizona Diamondbacks

Johnny Magliozzi (RHP)

17th

506th

New York Mets

Cody Dent (SS)

22nd

676th

Washington Nationals

Karsten Whitson (RHP)

37th

1,126th

Washington Nationals

 

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