Beat goes on for UF in draft

Florida pitcher Greg Larson throws during a game against Georgia at McKethan Stadium on April 22.

Brad McClenny/Staff photographer
Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox could one day have a pitching staff loaded with former Florida Gators.

On Wednesday, the third day of the Major League Baseball Draft, the Red Sox picked relief pitcher Greg Larson in the 20th round (No. 631 overall).

Boston had selected UF starting pitcher Brian Johnson in the first round Monday and relief pitcher Austin Maddox in the third round Tuesday.

That makes nine UF players selected in the first 20 rounds this year.

Other UF players selected: catcher Mike Zunino (first round, Seattle), shortstop Nolan Fontana (second round, Houston), relief pitcher Steven Rodriguez (second round, Los Angeles Dodgers), outfielder Preston Tucker (seventh round, Houston), pitcher Hudson Randall (seventh round, Detroit) and outfielder Daniel Pigott (ninth round, Cincinnati).

The Gators (45-18) open super regional play Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium against North Carolina State.

Of area note, Gainesville native Brian Ellington, a former standout pitcher at Oak Hall, was taken in the 16th round by the Miami Marlins. Ellington, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound righty, went 6-3 with a 4.08 ERA at West Florida this past season.

Florida incoming 2012 signee Richie Martin (shortstop, Bloomingdale High) was taken in the 38th round by the Seattle Mariners.

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