It wasn’t the best night possible for Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan, but it was likely better than expected by most pundits.
The opening night of the MLB Draft saw three Gators signees selected in the first thirty picks, but none of those three were expected to make it to Gainesville.
The night could have been worse, but CF Jud Fabian went undrafted in the opening round, leaving the possibility that he may return to UF open.
RHP Andrew Painter was the first of Florida’s signees to be drafted as the Philadelphia Phillies selected the Fort Lauderdale, FL native with the No. 13 overall pick. Painter has four plus pitches and was never expected to go the college route.
Fireballer Chase Petty was taken at No. 26 overall by the Minnesota Twins. In his senior year, the RHP from New Jersey struck out 99 batters in just 48.2 IP. He has regularly clocked at 100+ mph.
Fort Pierce, FL outfielder Jay Allen was the final player with a UF connection taken as he was drafted No. 30 overall by the Cincinnati Reds. Allen was a three-sport star in high school and has the potential to be a five-tool player at the next level.
Over the next two days, the draft will go on for 19 more rounds and a number of Gators (and signees) are likely to hear their names called.
- Jud Fabian, OF
- Tommy Mace, RHP
- Nathan Hickey, C
- Jack Leftwich, RHP
- Christian Scott, RHP
- Franco Aleman, RHP
- Jacob Young, OF
- Michael Robertson, OF
- Philip Abner, LHP
- Karl Hartman, RHP
- Jac Caglianone, LHP
- Rene Lastres, C
- Jake Fox, SS
- Brandon Neely, RHP