Brian Adams was the first Cat off the board, going in the eighth round (255th overall) to the San Diego Padres. The junior outfielder oozes potential with his 6-foot-4 frame, power and speed. A testament to UK's outfield depth, Adams started just eight games in 2012 as he once again split time between football and baseball.
Seventeen picks later in the eighth round, catcher/first baseman Luke Maile was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays, a team well known for developing young talent. The All-Southeastern Conference performer led the Wildcats in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. Finally, Friday starter Taylor Rogers was taken in the 11th round (340th overall) by the Minnesota Twins. With Tuesday's draftees, UK now has had 36 players drafted dating back to 2006 and 16 in the first 10 rounds.
The draft will resume on Wednesday at noon ET with rounds 16-40. UK seniors Michael Williams, Thomas McCarthy and Alex Phillips will be hoping to be chosen, as well as junior Jerad Grundy. You can follow the draft here.
Grundy, if chosen, and fellow underclassmen Adams, Maile and Rogers will have decisions to make before the August 15, the deadline for clubs to negotiate with draft picks. Should any of those players not sign, they will have the option to return to UK next season. With the new "bonus pool" rules going into effect this year, teams have less money to spend on draft picks, which could make for a greater chance of senior-year returns.
Regardless of what happens, congratulations go to the players already and soon-to-be selected.