Baseball Draft Roundup
Kentucky junior centerfielder Brian Adams has been selected in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, going as the 255th overall pick, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Adams became the 15th top-10 pick for Kentucky and the 35th pick overall since the Wildcats won the 2006 Southeastern Conference Championship. Adams, a native of Gainesville, Ga., was picked by the Padres in the eighth round of the MLB Draft, going with the 255th overall selection. A 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed hitter, Adams was drafted out of South Forsyth High School in the 45th round by the Cincinnati Reds and was rated as the top athlete in the SEC in the preseason of 2012 by Baseball America. Adams came to Kentucky as a two-sport standout out of Forsyth and was a scholarship wide receiver for the football team from 2009-11... read more
Kentucky junior catcher Luke Maile – a 2012 All-Southeastern Conference selection – has been picked in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, going No. 272 overall, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
A native of Crestview Hills, Ky., Maile was picked in the eighth round of the MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay, joining teammate, junior outfielder Brian Adams, as an eighth-round pick, with Adams going to the San Diego Padres with pick No. 255. The duo marks the 15th and 16th Kentucky players to be picked in the top-10 rounds of the draft and the 36th overall selections since UK won the 2006 SEC Championship... read more
Kentucky junior southpaw Taylor Rogers has been picked in the 11th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, going No. 340 overall, it was announce on Tuesday evening.
A native of Littleton, Colo., the 6-foot-3, 170-pound southpaw has been a fixture in the UK weekend rotation since arriving on campus out of Chatfield High School as a 37th round pick of the Baltimore Orioles. In 2012, Rogers served as UK’s Friday-night starter, appearing in 17 games with 15 starts, posting a 6-4 record and a 4.53 ERA, notching one save. Rogers tossed 89.1 innings, walking 21 and striking out 84. ... read more
Kentucky senior third baseman Thomas McCarthy – a 2011 first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection – has been picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, going No. 561 overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A native of Corvallis, Ore., McCarthy, who became the first UK third baseman named first-team All-SEC since Jim Lett in 1972 during his first year at UK, helped spear the Wildcats historic 2012 season. McCarthy anchored third base for all 63 games, helping UK set a school-record for fielding percentage (.975). At the plate, he hit .310 (75-for-242) with 20 doubles, five homers and 33 RBI, stealing four bases... read more
Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Tim Peterson has been picked in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the New York Mets, going 620th overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A 6-foot-2, right-hander, Peterson was a durable work horse for the Wildcats in 2012 in one of the nation’s top bullpens. He appeared in 28 games in relief – second-most on the club – owning a 3-0 record, a 2.42 ERA and a save. Peterson worked 26 innings, allowing 24 hits and only four walks, striking out 28. He didn’t allow a hit or a base runner through his first five innings for the Wildcats... read more
Kentucky senior southpaw Alex Phillips has been picked in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, going No. 664 overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A 6-foot-4, 210-pound lefty, Phillips anchored a UK bullpen that ranked as one of the tops in the nation in 2012, helping UK to a historic 45 win season. The durable lefty helped lead UK to a 32-1 record when UK was leading after only four innings and a 40-0 record when leading after seven frames. UK also set a school team record with 22 saves... read more
Kentucky junior outfielder Cameron Flynn has been picked in the 23rd round of the MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins, going with the 707th overall selection, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Flynn’s draft pick has entered the UK program into historical significance, as the Wildcats have now had a total of seven MLB Draft picks in 2012, equaling the program record set in 2008. A native of Lexington, Ky., and a product of Henry Clay High School, Flynn had a dynamic season for UK as a left-handed hitting power threat. Flynn hit .268 (52-for-194) in 59 games and 52 starts, with nine doubles, nine homers and 36 RBI, stealing two bases. Playing rightfield primarily, Flynn totaled three outfield assists, fielding .992 with just one error... read more
Kentucky junior southpaw Jerad Grundy has been picked in the 26th round of the 2012 MLB Drafty by the Minnesota Twins, going No. 820 overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
This is the third time in his career that Grundy has been drafted, also going in the 42nd round in 2011 to the Marlins and in the 46th round out of high school to the Texas Rangers in 2009. Grundy made 16 weekend starts for UK in 2012, posting a 6-3 record and a 3.78 ERA. The Miami (Fla.) and Heartland CC transfer worked 85.2 innings, allowing 79 hits and walking 36, striking out 63... read more
Kentucky senior catcher Michael Williams has been picked in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, going No. 932nd overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Williams is now the ninth UK player to be drafted in 2012, helping the Wildcats eclipsing the previous school record of seven in 2008. Vanderbilt in 2011 and Auburn in 2009 own the Southeastern Conference record for most players drafted from one school in league history.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Williams enjoyed a career year behind the plate in 2012 while helping the Wildcats to a school-best 45 wins. Williams, who was drafted in 2011 by the San Francisco Giants, hit .290 during his senior year with 10 doubles, three homers and 35 RBI. In his four-year UK career, Williams hit .270 (119-for-441) with 26 doubles, 11 homers and 69 RBI. After making seven starts and playing in 15 games as a freshman and hit .241 as a sophomore. During his junior season, Williams hit .264 with 11 doubles, seven homers and 23 RBI... read more