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Discussion in 'Around the Horn - Baseball & Men's Gator Sports!' started by Gatorgal04, Jun 4, 2013.
Was told Okey wanted a high number, wasn't going to get it
Puk went in the 35th
Correct - A.J. Puk goes #1056 to Tigers
Also in the 35th Round, Buddy Reed #1060 to Rangers.
Karsten Whitson #1126, 37th round, Nationals
I saw that Okey was going to Clemson too. That's obviously an excellent program, but it's always interesting when a top recruit leaves the state.
Ties to Clemson on that one, never going anywhere else
Dane Dunning #1015, 34th round, Blue Jays
Scott Moss #1129, 38th round, Rockies
John Sternagel #1164, 39th round, Royals
And, the last person drafted
Shaun Anderson, #1216, 40th round, Nationals.
Just curious why Gator Zone has tweeted about all the Gators that have been drafted the past three days with the exception of Taylor Ratliff. Any thoughts? He did participate in practices etc all season although I realize he didn't see game play due to NCAA ruling.
Nick? Who is Dylan Barrow and what can you tell us about his potential?
Barrow is a RHP who played at Santa Fe last season. He throws in the 92-94 range with very good sink on his fastball. He also throws a decent changeup and a slider that has a nasty break. Barrow struggled with elbow tendonitis last season but still made 11 starts, finished with a 4-2 record and a 3.78 ERA. The tendonitis took away some of the bite on his fastball and is slider wasn't the same either. When he's healthy he is a very good pitcher. I think he'll start out in the bullpen next year at Florida.
Saw Barrow throw in the fall, lanky kid with multiple pitches. I agree with Nick, probably long relief out of the pen.
Talked to his parents/grandparents and he really wasn't a pitcher in high school so he is still developing on the mound. Big upside if he can stay healthy. Really nice family, they all drove up from Tampa just to see Santa Fe play a doubleheader against our group of high school age kids.
He played MIF at Durant HS.
Gang, any further thoughts on the overall draft as it effects our Gators? I'm excited.
yeah, need a summation of events. then a prognosis of what to expect.
The pertinent comments:
Puk, a lefthanded pitcher who graduated from Washington this year, was ranked fairly high on Major League draft lists, but he informed all of the MLB teams before the draft that he would attend Florida.
The Detroit Tigers picked him in the 35th round anyway, but he said there's no chance he'll sign a pro contract.
"It's 100 percent Florida," he said.
Puk plans to leave for Florida on June 22 to get ready for summer school. He said he'll play baseball for the Washington Warriors this coming week, then take a week off before heading south.
Puk might have been selected in the first five rounds of the draft, according to draft experts, but decided about three weeks ago that he'd rather go to college and wait for his next draft opportunity in 2016.
"I just sat down and decided what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to college," he said.
Puk is a 6-foot-7 lefthanded pitcher and first baseman. Major League teams had him listed as a pitcher on their draft charts, but he'd like to keep his options open as a hitter as well.
"There's no doubt in my mind that if I go to Florida I'm going to get better as a pitcher," he said. "I'd like to hit, too, and down there I'll be a two-way player right from the start.
"The question between pitching and hitting will be resolved at Florida."
Puk did not pay much attention to the draft after informing MLB teams of his decision to attend Florida.
"I was actually playing golf when I got the phone call," he said. "I was surprised. I wasn't expecting it. But it's a good feeling being selected. It's an honor."
Puk told MLB teams how much money it would take to sign him away from Florida, according to his mother. "He gave them a number, which was up there, and expressed that he wanted to play at Florida," said Chris Puk, who declined to reveal the amount.
exciting to have him come to g'ville!
Wish we had more write ups on the other signees.
Nick? Any new thoughts, news about our signees?
Will Brady go? Could we lose anyone chosen after the tenth/twentieth? If so, who?
There's a story up in the feature box today with what I've heard and some predictions for the players who were drafted.