Six Gators Selected in Major League Baseball Draft

Led by second round draft pick Pat Osborn, six University of Florida baseball players were selected in the first 13 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft Tuesday. The two-day MLB draft continues Wednesday from noon-6 p.m. ET. The Gators need just one more player drafted to tie the school record for most players drafted in a season (7 set in 1985, 1992, 1998 and 1999).

A junior third baseman from Bakersfield, Calif., Osborn was drafted in the second round with the No. 72 overall pick by the Cleveland Indians. He led the Gators with a .414 batting average and earned All-SEC First Team, NCAA Regional and All-SEC Tournament honors while tying Mark Kiger for the UF season hits record with 104. He also hit 17 home runs and drove in 76 RBI.

Junior RHP Alex Hart (Marion, Pa.) and senior shortstop Mark Kiger (La Jolla, Calif.) were both selected in the fifth round. Hart went to his homestate Pittsburgh Pirates with the No. 133 pick while Kiger went to Oakland Athletics with the No. 158 selection. Hart had a breakout year, finishing 13-3 with a 3.24 earned run average and limiting opponents to a .199 batting average. The All-SEC First Team selection led the Gators with 111.0 innings pitched, struck out 81 batters and allowed just 81 hits on the year. Kiger broke the UF season records for runs scored (90) and tied the record for most hits (104). He concluded the year hitting .403 (104-258) with 11 home runs, 60 walks and 80 runs batted in. Kiger also earned All-SEC Second Team and NCAA All-Regional honors.

Senior LHP Keith Ramsey (Los Angeles, Calif.) was taken by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round with the 304th overall selection. After serving as the Gator closer in 2001, Ramsey switched over to a starting role where he went 10-3 with a 3.88 ERA with a team-leading 84 strikeouts in 109.0 innings pitched. He also limited opponents to a .227 batting average while earning NCAA All-Regional honors along the way.

Senior first baseman Ryan Shealy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons H.S.) was selected by the Colorado Rockies as the No. 321 pick in the 11th round. The Rockies drafted Shealy out of high school in 1998. Shealy broke season school records for RBI (80), total bases (186), putouts (605) and tied season record for home runs (23). Shealy also hit .379 (99-261) on the season, was named All-SEC second team and was honored on the SEC Good Works team.

Junior outfielder Aaron Sobieraj (Clearwater, Fla.) was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 13th round (397th pick). The All-SEC Second Team selection moved into the outfield and set records for both career and season sacrifice bunts. He concluded the year hitting .354 (84-237) with eight home runs and 57 RBI. He was named to the NCAA All-Regional team after belting three home runs last weekend.

Florida concluded its 2002 season with a spectacular 46-19 overall record. The Gators finished tied for second in the SEC with a 20-10 regular season record and hosted their first NCAA Regional since the 1998 season.

More details can be found at www.majorleaguebaseball.com.

FLORIDA'S 2002 MLB DRAFTEES

PLAYER

ROUND

PICK

TEAM

Pat Osborn

2

72nd

Cleveland Indians

Alex Hart

5

133rd

Pittsburgh Pirates

Mark Kiger

5

158th

Oakland Athletics

Keith Ramsey

10

304th

Cleveland Indians

Ryan Shealy

11

321st

Colorado Rockies

Aaron Sobieraj

13

397th

San Francisco Giants


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