June 7, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Junior Kentucky right-hander Trevor Gott has been picked in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, going 178th overall, it was announced on Friday afternoon from the MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, N.J.
Gott is the second Wildcat picked during day two of the three-day 2013 MLB Draft, as junior southpaw Corey Littrell went No. 143 overall in the fifth round to the Boston Red Sox. Gott and Littrell now give UK a total of 53 players since 2006 that have been drafted or signed a professional contract. The two UK pitchers also give UK 17 total top-10 round picks in the last eight MLB Drafts. In 2012, UK ranked second in the NCAA with a school-record nine players picked in the MLB Draft.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Gott finished his junior season as the career and single-season record holder for saves as one of the most dynamic relievers in college baseball. A 6-foot 190-pounder, Gott has a UK career record with 23 saves, breaking the UK single-season mark with nine saves in 2012 and then shattering it as a junior with 12 saves.
In his three-year career, Gott has appeared in 69 games with a 9-5 record and a 2.30 ERA, striking out 107 in 82.1 innings. During Gott’s three-year career, the righty has led a dynamic UK bullpen that owned an 89-1 record when holding an eighth-inning lead, including winning 88 consecutive games when leading after the eighth.
As a junior, Gott went 4-1 with a 1.20 ERA, saving a program-record 12 games in 30 innings, walking five and striking out 35. Gott led a UK bullpen that set a program record with a 2.29 ERA in 2013, with the bullpen owning a 14-3 record and surrendering just one steal and 50 walks in 172.2 innings.
In 2012, Gott went 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 23 games, saving nine games with 38 strikeouts in 25 innings. During his freshman season after winning Gatorade High School Player of the Year honors at Tates Creek, Gott appeared in 23 games with two saves, striking out 34 in 27.1 innings.
The 2013 MLB Draft will continue through the top-10 rounds on Friday evening, before concluding with rounds 11-40 on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. ET, with complete coverage on MLB.com.