Gushue, Shafer selected in MLB draft
Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 3:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 9:25 p.m.
Florida catcher Taylor Gushue is not expected to return for his senior season after getting selected in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
Gushue was the 131st overall selection and the first UF player taken in the draft. Pitcher Grant Holmes, a Gator signee from Conway, S.C., was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.
Gushue started all 62 games this past season and was one of the Gators' most consistent and productive offensive players, batting .320 with 49 RBIs and a team-leading six home runs.
Gushue, a first-team All-SEC selection, hit .389 in SEC play this past season.
Another UF junior, pitcher/outfielder Justin Shafer, was drafted in the eighth round by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. He was the 234th overall pick.
Shafer came on in relief for coach Kevin O'Sullivan's Gators. He was 1-0, struck out 27 in 36 innings and had a 4.17 ERA. He also batted .211.
Holmes, the 22nd overall selection, attended the draft and likely will sign with the Dodgers. He was the highest-rated UF recruit, ranked the No. 5 player in the nation by Perfect Game.
Another member of the 2014 recruiting class, Alex Abbott, an outfielder from Tift County, Ga., was drafted in the sixth round Friday by the Los Angeles Angels. He was the 179th overall selection.
One of the top area high school players, Ocala Trinity Catholic first baseman Dash Winningham, was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets.
The draft concludes Saturday with the final 30 rounds.