While Figueroa is a sophomore, he was eligible for the draft because he will turn 21 this summer. He was the ninth player selected by the Padres in the draft, but the first at his position. It's not clear how quickly negotiations may proceed or what dollar figure would persuade Figueroa to leave Florida.
One member of the current Gator signing class was also selected on day one. Kenny Wilson, an outfielder from Tampa, was selected in the second round by Toronto and is expected to sign with the team. Other Florida players and signees are expected to be selected during the remaining 44 rounds of the draft, which will begin at 11:30 this morning.
Once the draft's impact has fully unfolded, coach Kevin O'Sullivan will look to fill in whatever vacancies are created. At least one transfer possibility has already come to light, as Clemson outfielder Alex Lee has expressed interest in potentially following O'Sullivan to Gainesville. Lee is a left handed hitter who started 23 games for the Tigers this season and hit .250 with a .361 on base percentage. Lee was a sophomore, and would have to sit out a season as a transfer if he opted to play at the division one level.
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