MLB Draft Recap - Day 2

The second day of the MLB Draft had the biggest impact on the Gators. There were nine current Florida players and three Florida signees taken between rounds 2-30 on Tuesday. The bullpen will take some hits in this year's draft, but the nucleus of this year's team should be similar to the one next season.

The first draft pick of the day that affected the Gators came in early. The Chicago Cubs selected Bishop Verot first baseman Daniel Vogelbach in the second round with the No. 68 overall pick. The 6-0, 250-pound slugger was one of the more powerful bats in the draft. Reports were that the left-handed hitter was asking for $1.65 million to sign with a team.

Florida left-handed reliever Nick Maronde went off the board in the third round to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with the No. 104 overall pick. The junior sports a 1.66 ERA and has recorded 50 strikeouts in 38 innings this season. Opposing hitters are batting .179 against him.

The Kansas City Royals selected Florida signee Kyle Smith in the fourth round with the No. 126 overall pick. The right-hander from Santaluces High School has a smaller frame at 6-0, 167 pounds, but he has a good idea of how to pitch and can throw his fastball in the low 90s.

A trio of Florida pitchers went next. The Toronto Blue Jays took Anthony DeSclafani (5-3, 4.36) in the sixth round with the No. 199 overall pick. The New York Mets selected Florida left-hander Alex Panteliodis (6-2, 3.76) in the ninth round with the No. 282 overall pick. The Milwaukee Brewers took Tommy Toledo (5-3, 3.21) in the 11th round with the No. 341 overall pick.

After going undrafted in the 2010 draft, the Florida Marlins selected Florida second baseman Josh Adams. The senior is hitting .330 with five home runs and 40 RBI. When the Marlins announced the selection of Adams, they made clear that they were taking him as a shortstop. Adams worked out at catcher during fall workouts to showcase his ability behind the plate. In his Florida career, Adams has played every position besides pitcher and catcher.

The headline for the Florida players was Preston Tucker slipping, eventually landing with the Colorado Rockies in the 16th round with the No. 498 overall pick. The reason for his fall came because of a high price tag. Tucker was asking teams for more money than they were willing to pay to keep him from returning to Florida for his senior season. It's still possible that Tucker signs with the Rockies if he lowers his demands.

The New York Mets selected Florida middle infielder signee Casey Turgeon in the 22nd round with the No. 672 overall pick. The Dunedin High School product will challenge for the open starting position at second base if he makes it to Gainesville.

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Florida catcher Ben McMahan in the 23rd round with the No. 701 overall pick. The Philadelphia Phillies took right-hander Matt Campbell in the 24th round with the No. 751 overall pick. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took Greg Larson in the 27th round with the No. 885 overall pick.

High school signees and college players with eligibility left have until midnight August 15 to sign with a pro team or go to school. The draft finishes up rounds 31-50 on Wednesday at noon.

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