When you recruit well, you sometimes can lose players to the big leagues and that could happen to the Gator baseball program after two Gator signees were taken on the first day of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates had the first selection and they took UCLA pitcher Garrett Cole and the Bruins had the third player taken as well when Arizona took righthander Trevor Bauer.
Seattle had the second pick and chose lefty pitcher Danny Hultzen of Virginia. FSU signee Francisco Lindor was selected eighth by Cleveland; he is a shortstop. San Diego took Miami commit Corey Spangenberg who played second base for Indian River Junior College with the tenth pick.
The Oakland A’s took pitcher Sonny Gray from Vanderbilt with the 18th pick and Washington took Kentucky pitcher Alex Meyer with the 23rd selection. Atlanta took FSU lefty Sean Gilmartin with the 28th pick and Tampa Bay selected LSU’s Mikie Mahtok with the 31st pick.
In the compensation rounds, Texas took Georgia’s Zach Cone with the 37th pick and Boston took South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. with the 40th pick.
Gator signee Michael Kelly, a pitcher, went 48th to San Diego and pitcher Hudson Boyd went 55th to Minnesota.