MLB Draft Recap - Day 3

The 2011 MLB Draft ended in record fashion for the Gators on Wednesday. Florida had 11 current players selected, setting a new school record and missing the SEC record by one. Eight of the 14 high school signees were also selected. Despite the high number of selections, it didn't jeopardize the success of next year's steam.

The third day started when the Washington Nationals selected utility man Josh Tobias in the 31st round with the No. 937 overall pick. The Southeast Guilford (NC) High School product will be a tough sign, and his stock slipped because of a reported asking price of $2.5 million to sign. Tobias can play second base, third base, shortstop or any of the outfield positions in college.

Tobias ran a 6.35 60-yard dash and will provide an immediate base stealing threat to the Gators if he makes it to campus. Florida has stolen only 56 bases in 64 games this season. He also has surprising power from his 5-9, 194-pound frame, as he won the home run derby at the Perfect Game national event.

The first Florida player off the board came in the 34th round when the Cincinnati Reds selected center fielder Bryson Smith with the No. 1,045 overall pick. He is currently hitting .305 and riding a hot streak at the top of the Florida lineup that has given the run producers plenty of opportunities to drive runs in.

The trend with Florida high school signees on Wednesday was players falling because of a preference to go to school. After Tobias, it happened to right-handed pitcher John Magliozzi. The Dexter School (MA) product's 5-10, 175-pound frame isn't the ideal body for a pitcher, but he can still run his fastball into the low 90s and knows how to pitch. He is expected to make it to campus.

The New York Yankees selected right-hander Ryan Harris in the 37th round with the No. 1,139 overall pick. The Jupiter High School product has touched 93 with his fastball at showcases across the country, and his 6-2, 195-pound frame should add velocity when as he continues to grow.

The Washingtion Nationals selected outfielder Tyler Thompson in the 46th round with the No. 1,387 overall pick. Thompson is hitting .279 with one home run and 14 RBI for the Gators this season. He has battled injury throughout the season and is expected to return for his senior year.

Coming into this draft, the SEC record for players picked was 11. It was upped to 12 this year as Vanderbilt had that many selected.


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