Miami Marlins draft Kentucky Wildcats pitcher Dustin Beggs

After anchoring Kentucky's weekend pitching staff the last two years, Dustin Beggs is moving on to the next level.

The senior right-hander was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 16th round of the MLB June Amateur Draft on Saturday. He was the fourth player from the UK program to get drafted thus far, joining fellow pitchers Zack Brown (Milwaukee Brewers) and Kyle Cody (Texas Rangers) and third baseman JaVon Shelby (Oakland A's). 

Beggs, a native of Roswell, Ga., led the UK staff with a 9-2 record and a 3.01 ERA this season. He also led the Wildcats with 98.2 innings pitched and 80 strikeouts. Opponents batted only .215 against him.

He was chosen first-team SEC All-Defensive team by the league's coaches after denying opponents a single stolen base this season while picking off nine baserunners.

A junior-college transfer, Beggs posted a 16-6 record in his two years with the Wildcats – the second-most wins ever by a two-year player at UK. His 3.32 career ERA is seventh in UK annals.

Off the field, Beggs was named Academic All-America (third team) by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He has graduated from UK with a 3.69 grade-point average in Integrated Strategic Communications.

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