Two Tide Seniors Taken In Draft

Alabama baseball was going to lose two valuable members of its 2013 team regardless of the Major League Draft. Although most of the attention is on young players, it was Bama seniors who were selected.

Two Alabama seniors, right-handed pitcher Charley Sullivan and catcher Brett Booth, were selected on the third day of the 2013 MLB Draft. Sullivan was picked in the 29th round by the Detroit Tigers and Booth was a 34th round selection by the Houston Astros.

Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard still has to worry about players who have never suited up for Alabama, specifically two high-profile signees.

Nick Eicholtz (Odessa, Fla.), a right-handed pitcher and shortstop from Cambridge Christian High School, was a 29th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers. Eicholtz posted a 5-1 record with a 0.73 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched his senior season.

Another top signee to worry about is catcher Will Haynie (6-5, 225) of Brentwood Academy in suburban Nashville.

Both have said publicly they intend to enroll at Alabama. Pro baseball can pursue them until they are in fall semester classes.

Sullivan, a native of Oxford, Miss., led the Crimson Tide with 16 starts, totaling a team-high 94.1 innings pitched in 2013. He finished the season with a 5-7 record and a 3.82 ERA. He had a team-high two complete games and finished his senior season with a team-best 76 strikeouts. He made 10 starts during Southeastern Conference play, posting a 5-4 record with a 3.39 ERA in 61.0 innings.

In his three seasons at Alabama, Sullivan appeared in 46 games with 29 starts. He compiled a 9-12 record with a 4.12 ERA in 187.2 career innings pitched. Sullivan becomes the 40th player from Alabama to be drafted since the 2005 season, and is the 18th Crimson Tide pitcher to be drafted over the last nine years.

Booth, a native of Northport, led the 2013 Tide with a .290 batting average, while finishing second on the club with a career-high six home runs. He was second on the team with 46 runs scored and 27 walks, while adding 10 doubles and 38 RBI. Behind the plate, Booth was one of the best catchers in the country at throwing runners out as he threw out 37-of-78 (.474) would-be base stealers.

In his career, Booth played a number of positions, including outfield and designated hitter as a freshman, third base as a sophomore and catcher both his junior and senior seasons. He finished his career at Alabama with a .263 batting average after having a career-high .290 average as a senior. He had 31 doubles, 13 home runs and 111 RBI in his career with the Tide.

Booth played in 216 games while appearing in the starting lineup 205 times in his four years at the Capstone. Over the last two and a half seasons, he appeared in the starting lineup in Alabama's last 158 straight games. Booth becomes the 41st player from Alabama to be drafted since 2005, and is the fifth Tide catcher to be selected over the last nine years.

BamaMag Top Stories