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Former Freedom pitcher Matt Campbell one of three Gators to sign pro baseball contracts

matt_campbell.jpgRight-handed Florida pitcher Matt Campbell, a Freedom High alum, has signed a professional baseball contract with the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Campbell will play for the Phillies' squad in the Rookie Gulf Coast League after being selected in the 24th round with the 751st overall pick.

Campbell made 15 appearances for the Florida Gators this season and was 0-0 with a 5.28 earned run average. He had 13 strikeouts in 15.1 innings and picked up his first career save against UNF on May 11. Campbell was drafted in 2010 by the Cincinnati Reds in the 43rd round.

He joins two other Gators, senior 2B Josh Adams and junior left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde, who also signed professional contracts this week.

Chosen by the Florida Marlins in the 13th round with the 403rd selection in June’s Major League Baseball Draft, Adams has been assigned to the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers of the New York-Penn League, the organization’s Class A short-season affiliate.

In his final season with the Gators, Adams became just the fourth UF baseball player in school history to achieve All-SEC status in three different seasons, as he previously earned first-team accolades in 2008 and 2009 before becoming a second-team recipient this year. 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) after batting .351 with 21 RBI, 15 runs and eight extra-base hits (five doubles, three homers) in league action.

During his senior season, he hit .323 with 43 RBI, 34 runs, 11 doubles and six homers and finished his tenure in Gainesville as the school’s all-time leader in games played (253) and games started (252).

Maronde - the highest draft pick among the Gators this season - was chosen in the third round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with the 104th selection. He has been assigned to the Orem (Utah) Owlz of the Pioneer League, the Angels’ rookie affiliate.

Florida’s leader with 36 appearances, he was 0-1 and registered a 2.09 ERA in ’11. Over 43 innings, Maronde totaled 55 strikeouts, issued nine walks, collected a pair of saves and was part of five shutouts. In addition, he limited opponents to a team-low .178 average, including a .086 performance with runners on base. He threw two perfect innings in the Gators’ 8-4 victory over Texas in the opening round of the NCAA College World Series and appeared in six of UF’s 11 NCAA Tournament games.

Maronde had previously been picked in the 43rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by Oakland. In 79 career appearances at Florida, including 12 starts, he was 5-2 with a 3.99 ERA and four saves and had 151 strikeouts in 130.2 innings. 

[Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2011 1:55pm]


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