Six Gators selected in first 16 rounds of MLB Draft
UPDATE: Junior 1B/OF Preston Tucker was selected by the Colorado Rockies at No. 498 in round 16. In 64 games this season, Tucker has a .319 batting average, with 13 home runs and and a team-leading 65 RBI.
UPDATE: Senior SS Josh Adams has been selected in round 13 by the Florida Marlins, the 403rd selection. Adams is batting .330 in 63 games this season, including 11 doubles, five home runs and 40 RBI. He has a .452 slugging percentage.
Florida junior pitchers Nick Maronde, Alex Panteliodis, Anthony DeSclafani and Tommy Toledo, were selected today in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
Maronde, a left-handed pitcher, was the No. 104 selection in the third round by the Los Angeles Angels.
DeSclafani was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round at number 199. The right-hander is 5-3 in 27 appearances spanning 43.1 innings. He has compiled a 4.36 ERA and has 38 strikeouts, six walks and three saves. Before coming to Gainesville, DeSclafani had been taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round in 2008.
Panteliodis, an Alonso grad, was taken at No. 282 in round 9 by the New York Mets. Panteliodis, who pitched 6.2 innings in a win over Miami in Sunday's NCAA Regional, has a 3.76 ERA and a 6-2 record for the Gators this season in 10 starts. Over 52.2 innings, he has 44 strikeouts and permitted nine walks.
Maronde is Florida’s leader with 31 appearances and has a 1.66 ERA this season. Over 38 innings, Maronde has totaled 50 strikeouts, issued seven walks and collected a pair of saves. In addition, he has limited opponents to a .179 average, including a .093 performance with runners on base. Maronde was picked in the 43rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by Oakland.
Toledo, also an Alonso grad, was selected at No. 341 in Round 11 by Milwaukee. He has missed nearly two seasons with injuries, but this year is 5-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 25 appearances. He has three starts and one save.