Mariners draft Cousino in third round

Austin Cousino had his named called Friday in the third round of Major League Baseball's June amateur draft.

The Kentucky junior centerfielder was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the No. 80 pick overall. He joined teammate A.J. Reed, who was taken No. 42 by the Houston Astros, as the first of what is expected to be many UK players and signees drafted.

A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino (5-10, 185) was the 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year and the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove winner as the best defensive centerfielder in college baseball. As a junior, he posted a .308 batting average with 15 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 38 RBI out of the leadoff spot in the UK batting order. He also stole 19 bases in 20 attempts. Defensively, Cousino had only two errors in 61 games and recorded eight outfield assists.

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Cousino became the 35th player drafted under UK head coach Gary Henderson during the last six years. He was the 15th selection in the top 10 rounds.

During his career, Cousino helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a school-record 45-win season in 2012. He started all 178 games of the first three years of his UK career, hitting .295 with 47 doubles, seven triples, 19 home runs and 48 stolen bases. He posted a .386 on-base percentage and a .456 slugging percentage for his career.

He is a three-time member of the USA Baseball National Team.

The 2014 MLB Draft will continue through Round 10 on Friday before concluding with the final 30 rounds on Saturday. Complete coverage is available on MLB.com.


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