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Anthony DeSclafani is the fifth former Gator under Kevin O'Sullivan to reach the Majors.

Tuesday May 13, 2014Former Gator Anthony DeSclafani Promoted To Major Leagues By Miami Marlins

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Anthony DeSclafani is the fifth former Gator under Kevin O'Sullivan to reach the Majors.

Former Gator right-hander Anthony DeSclafani was called up to the Major Leagues by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday and will start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

 

He becomes the sixth player in head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s tenure at Florida to reach professional baseball’s highest level, joining left-hander Kevin Chapman (2007-10, Houston Astros), outfielder Matt den Dekker (2007-10, New York Mets), left-hander Nick Maronde (2009-11, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), left-hander Steven Rodriguez (2010-12, Los Angeles Dodgers) and catcher Mike Zunino (2010-12, Seattle Mariners).

 

DeSclafani had recently been playing for the Jacksonville Suns of the Double-A Southern League, where he was 3-4 with a 4.19 earned run average in eight appearances (all starts). The righty had registered 38 strikeouts in 43 innings, while limiting opponents to a .278 average.

 

Chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft with the 199th selection, DeSclafani was 13-9 with a 5.36 ERA in 68 appearances, including 19 starts, at Florida. Over 149.1 innings, he totaled 115 strikeouts and collected three saves. The Freehold, N.J., native was part of back-to-back Gator SEC Championship teams in 2010 & 2011 that advanced to the NCAA College World Series in both seasons.

 

Besides DeSclafani, there are five other players with UF ties currently in the Big Leagues: infielder Mark Ellis (St. Louis Cardinals), right-hander Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles), outfielder Ryan Raburn (Cleveland Indians), catcher David Ross (Boston Red Sox) and Zunino (Mariners).

 

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