With the first two rounds of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft tonight, there is at least one University of Florida player whose name may be called.
One of them should be junior pitcher Jonathon Crawford. Crawford had a 3-6 record along with a 3.84 ERA in a sub-par season for the Gators. He led Florida in many statistical categories with 86.2 innings pitched, 69 strikeouts and a complete game, and was Florida’s ace in the rotation this year. Crawford has gotten interest from both the Detroit Tiger and St. Louis Cardinal organizations, but MLB.com Insider Jonathan Mayo says that he could end up anywhere.
Another Gator whose name has gained attention is junior southpaw Daniel Gibson. Some have predicted that Gibson could go somewhere in the top 10 rounds, more likely between rounds six and 10. Gibson finished his season 2-1 with a 4.42 ERA.
Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan hopes that his signing class will survive the upcoming draft as some of the signees have gained attention from Major League clubs. Pitcher Tyler Danish (15-1 with a 0.00 ERA for Plant City Durant in Hillsborough County) and two-way player A.J. Puk from Iowa are expected to go high in the draft. Other signees who could go high in the draft are Christian Arroyo (.515 and 10 home runs for Brooksville) and pitcher Brett Morales(11-2 with a 0.58 ERA for King High School in Tampa).
The MLB Draft starts tonight at 7 pm.