Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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Pitchers Bobby Poyner, Aaron Rhodes among eight Gators selected in the MLB Draft

Florida senior pitcher Bobby Poyner was selected in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Draft today by the Boston Red Sox, the 411th overall pick, and pitcher Aaron Rhodes was selected by the Angels in the 28th round.

That brings to eight the number of Gators drafted in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Poyner is 5-2 this season with a 2.73 ERA. He also has four saves in 24 appearances.

On the first day of the MLB Draft, Bloomingdale High alum and Gators shortstop Richie Martin was selected in the first round, the 20th overall selection by the Oakland A's.

On Tuesday, five other players were selected: OF Harrison Bader was selected in the third round by the St. Louis Cardinals; P Eric Hanhold was drafted in the sixth round by the Milwaukee Brewers, and P Danny Young was picked in the eighth round by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Pitcher Taylor Lewis was drafted in the ninth round by the Atlanta Braves and senior third baseman Josh Tobias was selected in the 10th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said while he's pleased for all the Gator players being selected in the draft, it's difficult for the players as they prepare to play Miami Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series.

"There’s a lot of stuff going on in these kids’ lives right now with the draft," O'Sullivan said. . . "There’s a lot of stuff going on, there’s a lot of moving parts, there’s a lot for these kids to handle. I’ll be excited when this thing in over (Wednesday) afternoon."

 

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