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Written by Nick de la Torre, June 11, 2015, 0 Comments,
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More than 1,000 baseball players heard their names called the past three days during the 2015 MLB Draft, including nine players from the Florida Gators roster and another nine Florida signees.

Richie Martin (20th overall) led the way for roster players, followed by Harrison Bader (100th), Eric Hanhold (181), Danny Young (242), Taylor Lewis (270), Josh Tobias (294), Bobby Poyner (411), Mike Vinson (730) and Aaron Rhodes (855).

The nine players drafted this year give Florida 61 players drafted since Kevin O’Sullivan took over as head coach, including an SEC-leading 48 in the past six drafts.

Additionally, Florida had nine members of their recruiting class hear their names called led by Kyle Tucker (brother of former Gator standout Preston Tucker), who was selected fifth overall, joining his brother in the Houston Astros organization.

Of the nine signees that were drafted, four will most definitely sign professional contracts. Tucker as well as Thomas Szapucki (New York Mets, 149th) have made their intentions clear. Jacob Woodford (St. Louis Cardinals, 39th) and Brady Singer (Toronto Blue Jays, 56th) will all likely sign professional deals.

Michael Zimmerman, Jonathan India, Daniel Reyes, Deacon Liput and Hunter Bowling were all also drafted but should end up wearing Orange and Blue next year.

Of the roster players that were drafted, two (Bobby Poyner and Josh Tobias) are seniors and have exhausted their eligibility. Martin and Bader will sign with the teams that they were drafted by and Gator Country expects that Hanhold, Young and Lewis will follow suit.

Rhodes and Vinson are interesting cases. Rhodes pitched less this season than he has in years past and even though he was drafted low, has already graduated school. All of those factors likely lead him to sign.

Vinson returned from an elbow injury this season but only made seven appearances. He is a redshirt sophomore and could improve his draft stock by returning next season if his role was increased. However, with a talented recruiting class and a young pitching staff returning as veterans next year, Vinson may choose to take the money now and begin a professional career.

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About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

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More than 1,000 baseball players heard their names called the past three days during the 2015 MLB Draft, including nine players from the Florida Gators roster and another nine Florida signees.

Richie Martin (20th overall) led the way for roster players, followed by Harrison Bader (100th), Eric Hanhold (181), Danny Young (242), Taylor Lewis (270), Josh Tobias (294), Bobby Poyner (411), Mike Vinson (730) and Aaron Rhodes (855).

The nine players drafted this year give Florida 61 players drafted since Kevin O’Sullivan took over as head coach, including an SEC-leading 48 in the past six drafts.

Additionally, Florida had nine members of their recruiting class hear their names called led by Kyle Tucker (brother of former Gator standout Preston Tucker), who was selected fifth overall, joining his brother in the Houston Astros organization.

Of the nine signees that were drafted, four will most definitely sign professional contracts. Tucker as well as Thomas Szapucki (New York Mets, 149th) have made their intentions clear. Jacob Woodford (St. Louis Cardinals, 39th) and Brady Singer (Toronto Blue Jays, 56th) will all likely sign professional deals.

Michael Zimmerman, Jonathan India, Daniel Reyes, Deacon Liput and Hunter Bowling were all also drafted but should end up wearing Orange and Blue next year.

Of the roster players that were drafted, two (Bobby Poyner and Josh Tobias) are seniors and have exhausted their eligibility. Martin and Bader will sign with the teams that they were drafted by and Gator Country expects that Hanhold, Young and Lewis will follow suit.

Rhodes and Vinson are interesting cases. Rhodes pitched less this season than he has in years past and even though he was drafted low, has already graduated school. All of those factors likely lead him to sign.

Vinson returned from an elbow injury this season but only made seven appearances. He is a redshirt sophomore and could improve his draft stock by returning next season if his role was increased. However, with a talented recruiting class and a young pitching staff returning as veterans next year, Vinson may choose to take the money now and begin a professional career.

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