Two of Kentucky's top pitchers were selected Friday in the 2013 MLB Draft as the Boston Red Sox picked Corey Littrell in the fifth round and the San Diego Padres took Trevor Gott in the sixth round.
Littrell, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander, was the No. 143 pick overall. The junior led UK starters with a 3.72 ERA this season and posted a 6-5 record in 14 starts. He struck out a team-high 77 batters in 94.1 innings pitched.
In his three-year career, Littrell ranks sixth in UK history in wins (21), seventh in starts (43), ninth in winning percentage (.618), eighth in innings (261.2) and ninth in strikeouts (215). The Louisville native became the second UK pitcher in as many years to be taken in the first five rounds, following first-round pick Alex Meyer in 2012.
Gott, a 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander, was the No. 178 pick overall. He finished his junior season as the single-season (12) and career (23) save leader at UK. The Lexington native went 4-1 with a 1.20 ERA this season, striking out 35 and walking only five in 30 innings of work.
Two other UK signees, both pitchers, were drafted on Friday in the seecond round. Right-hander Clinton Hollon (Versailles, Ky.) was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays, going No. 47 overall, and left-hander Hunter Green (Bowling Green., Ky.) was picked No. 59 overall by the Los Angeles Angels.
The 2013 MLB Draft will continue through the top-10 rounds on Friday evening, before concluding with rounds 11-40 on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. ET, with complete coverage on MLB.com.
Littrell, Gott selected in MLB Draft
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