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Taylor Gushue was picked in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Friday June 6, 2014UF's Taylor Gushue & Justin Shafer Taken Friday in the Major League Baseball Draft

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Taylor Gushue was picked in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gator junior catcher Taylor Gushue and junior right-hander Justin Shafer were each taken on the second day of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. The first two rounds were held on Thursday night, rounds 3-10 were on Friday and rounds 11-40 will wrap up the three-day event on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

 

A second-team All-American by Louisville Slugger and a first-team All-SEC selection, Gushue was chosen in the fourth round with the 131st pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Starting all 63 games for head coach Kevin OíSullivanís club this season, he batted a career-high .316 and led the Orange and Blue in total bases (105), RBI (49), doubles (16), sacrifice flies (11), homers (6) and slugging percentage (.467). The Johnny Bench Award semifinalist for the nationís top catcher paced the SEC in conference games with a .389 clip and was the runner-up in slugging percentage (.583) and on-base percentage (.449).

 

Shafer made 18 appearances on the mound, including a pair of starts, and was 1-0 with a 4.17 ERA in 36.2 innings. The righty had 27 strikeouts and issued seven walks. He also started 29 games as a position player, 15 in left field, 12 in right fielder and two as UFís designated hitter, and hit .211 with 12 walks, 10 RBI and 10 runs.

 

Current Gators Chosen In 2014 Major League Baseball Draft

Player

Round

Pick

Team

Taylor Gushue (C)

4th

131st

Pittsburgh Pirates

Justin Shafer (RHP)

8th

234th

Toronto Blue Jays

 

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