Former UF hurler Chapman called up
Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.
Former Florida pitcher Kevin Chapman was informed Thursday that he will be called up to the Major Leagues by the Houston Astros and the move will become effective Friday.
He will be the fourth player in coach Kevin O'Sullivan's tenure at Florida to reach professional baseball's highest level after left-hander Nick Maronde (2009-11) was called up to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last August, left-hander Steven Rodriguez (2010-12) joined the Los Angeles Dodgers last September and catcher Mike Zunino (2010-12) was brought up by the Seattle Mariners this June.
Chapman had recently been playing for the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, where he was 1-2 with a 3.20 earned run average and tallied a pair of saves in 45 appearances. The lefty had registered 61 strikeouts in 50.2 innings, while limiting opponents to a .223 average.
Chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft with the 119th selection, Chapman was a third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association that season, becoming the first Gator pitcher to earn All-America status since Justin Hoyman in 2004. He also garnered second-team All-South Region accolades as the Gators captured the SEC title and advanced to the NCAA College World Series for the first time in five years.
Besides Chapman, Maronde, Rodriguez and Zunino there are four other players with UF ties in the big leagues: infielder Mark Ellis (Los Angeles Dodgers), right-hander Darren O'Day (Baltimore Orioles), outfielder Ryan Raburn (Cleveland Indians) and catcher David Ross (Boston Red Sox/60-day DL).