Tampa's Preston Tucker among more Gators selected in MLB Draft
Plant alum Preston Tucker has been selected by the Houston Astros in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. Gator pitcher Austin Maddox was chosen by the Boston Red Sox in the third round, and pitcher Randall Hudson has been selected in the seventh round by the Detroit Tigers.
The two join Gators Mike Zunino, Brian Johnson, and SS Nolan Fontana who were all drafted in earlier rounds.
Tucker has a .316 average and leads the Gators with 78 hits this season. He is second in runs (53), RBI (46), walks (31), doubles (16) and homers (15). He was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2012 after being a first-team choice last season and a second-team pick in 2010. He was the 2009 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year with LSU’s Matty Ott.
Tucker holds school records for games played (261), games started (255), total bases (586), at bats (1,020), hits (335), RBI (254), doubles (69,) and is second in homers (56). He is the Gators' all-time leader in NCAA Tourney at bats (110), hits (40), RBI (37), homers (10) and doubles (9).
During his sophomore season, Maddox batted .280 with 35 RBI, 30 runs, 14 walks, six homers and three doubles in 62 starts - 41 at first base, 15 at third base, five as the DH and one at catcher. He made 21 appearances out of the bullpen and was 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA, with a team-high five saves in 27 innings. The right-hander had 21 strikeouts, issued three walks and limited opponents to a .198 performance.