The three-day, 40-round, 1215-pick marathon that is the MLB Draft came to a close on Wednesday afternoon with a total of eight Gators selected by major league clubs.
Starting pitcher Alex Faedo was taken 18th overall by the Detroit Tigers on Monday night, becoming the 19th Florida player chosen in the first round in program history.
Shortstop Dalton Guthrie and catchers Mike Rivera and Mark Kolozsvary were next to hear their names come off the board on Tuesday, with Guthrie going to the Philadelphia Phillies at pick No. 173, Rivera going to the Cleveland Indians at pick No. 192 and Kolozsvary going to the Cincinnati Reds at pick No. 197.
Relief pitchers David Lee and Frank Rubio, second baseman Deacon Liput and catcher/first baseman JJ Schwarz concluded the action on Wednesday, with Lee going to the Pittsburgh Pirates at pick No. 808, Rubio going to the San Francisco Giants at pick No. 876, Liput going to the Los Angeles Dodgers at pick No. 880 and Schwarz going to the Tampa Bay Rays at pick No. 1129.
Notable players who went undrafted this week are infielder Christian Hicks, outfielder Ryan Larson and outfielder/relief pitcher Nick Horvath.
Starting pitchers Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar, relief pitcher Michael Byrne, outfielder Nelson Maldonado and third baseman Jonathan India are all expected to headline next season’s draft when they become eligible as juniors.
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Frank Rubio pitches during Florida’s 2-0 win over Miami on Feb. 25, 2017, at McKethan Stadium.