Guilbeau Selected In MLB By Nationals

Alabama starting pitcher Taylor Guilbeau was selected 314th overall by the Washington Nationals in the 10th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

Guilbeau returned for his senior season in 2015 and made the most of his final year. Slotted as the Crimson Tide’s featured Friday night starter, the southpaw faced off with some of the top arms in this year’s draft. He set career-highs in starts (15), innings pitched (92.2) and strikeouts (79) this season and led all Alabama starters in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts while finishing with a 3.69 ERA (38 ER/92.2 IP). Despite not factoring into the decision in six of his starts, he kept the Tide in the striking distance as Alabama came away with wins in five of those contests.

In perhaps his most important start of the year, Guilbeau led the Tide to a 4-3 win over the Missouri Tigers in the 2015 SEC Tournament. The senior tossed 7.0 innings of three-run baseball before a solo home run in the eighth would push the Tide ahead to advance Alabama to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

He finished his four years in Tuscaloosa with a 12-11 overall record across 63 career appearances (31 starts) with a 3.95 ERA (95 ER/216.1 IP) and 176 total strikeouts. Including this season, he was twice named the Crimson Tide’s opening day starter with his first nod coming as a freshman in 2012, making him the first freshman in Alabama history to start the season opener.

The 2015 MLB Draft will finish up today with rounds 11-40.

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