Three more Cats taken in MLB Draft

Three more Wildcats were selected Saturday in Major League Baseball's June amateur draft.

Junior third baseman Max Kuhn and junior pitcher Chandler Shepherd were selected in the 13th round by the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox, respectively, while senior catcher Micheal Thomas went in the 22nd round to the Detroit Tigers.

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Kuhn was a second-team All-SEC selection this year after hitting .324 with 18 doubles, eight home runs and 58 RBI. He posted a .437 on-base percentage and a .494 slugging percentage hitting in the No. 2 hole ahead of UK star A.J. Reed for most of the season.

It marked the second time in Kuhn's career he has been drafted by the A's. He was a 24th-round pick coming out of high school in Indiana before opting to enroll at UK.

Shepherd went two picks after Kuhn, No. 404 overall. The Louisa, Ky., native posted a 5-5 record with a 3.66 ERA as one of the Cats' top starting pitchers this season. The right-hander struck out 56 batters in a career-high 76.1 innings pitched.

Thomas capped a storybook ending to his UK career with his selection by the Tigers. The former walk-on from Elizabethtown, Ky., had a breakout year as a senior, hitting .315 with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 45 RBI. He posted a .402 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage.

He was also one of the best defensive catchers in the talent-rich SEC, throwing out 16 attempted base-stealers this season, and calling 58 of 60 games for a pitching staff that posted a 4.03 team ERA.

Kuhn, Shepherd and Thomas joined Reed (2nd round, Houston Astros) and Austin Cousino (3rd round, Seattle Mariners) as the five current Wildcats drafted on Friday and Saturday.

Kentucky has had a program-record 38 players drafted or sign a professional contract in six years under coach Gary Henderson.


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