Another Gator leaves for the major leagues


Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
For the fourth time this summer, the Florida Gators have lost a junior starter to professional baseball.
Third baseman David Cash, a 40th round pick by Baltimore in June's Major League Draft, signed with the Orioles on Monday and will not return for his senior season at Florida.
Cash joins catcher Brian Jeroloman, shortstop Adam Davis and center fielder Gavin Dickey as Florida's junior starters who have signed professional contracts this summer.
"We're all very excited for this opportunity for David," Gators coach Pat McMahon said. "We appreciate his efforts as a Gator and wish him the best of luck."
Now the Gators will await the fate of the fifth and final junior who was drafted - first baseman Matt LaPorta.
LaPorta, a 14th round pick by Boston and the 2005 NCAA home run leader, continues to weigh his options as he plays in the Cape Cod summer league.
College juniors have until the first day of fall classes - August 23rd in LaPorta's case - to sign with Major League teams.
Cash, meanwhile, emerged as the Gators starting third baseman last season after transferring to UF following stints at South Carolina and Chipola Junior College.
Cash finished second on the team with a .298 average including a .320 mark in conference play.
Cash was chosen to play in last weekend's Cape Cod All-Star game after leading Bourne in average (.280) through 37 games this summer.
Cash is expected to report to the Orioles Single-A affiliate in Aberdeen, Md. Cash did not return a message left for him Monday.
Contact Brandon Zimmerman at 374-5051 or zimmerb@gvillesun.com.

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