UF's Shafer, Turgeon ink MLB deals

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

Pitcher/outfielder Justin Shafer and second baseman Casey Turgeon have signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively, and will forgo their final year of eligibility at Florida.

Shafer was taken in the eighth round at No. 234 overall following his junior campaign last week. Turgeon was selected by the Cardinals in the 24th round with the No. 735 overall pick.

Shafer made 18 appearances on the mound for the SEC champion Gators, including a pair of starts, and was 1-0 with a 4.17 ERA in 36.2 innings. The righty had 27 strikeouts and issued seven walks. He also started 29 games as a position player, 15 in left field, 12 in right fielder and two as UF’s designated hitter, and hit .211 with 12 walks, 10 RBI and 10 runs.

Turgeon batted .259 this season with a team-high 35 walks and was second on the squad in runs (36), RBIs (33), doubles (11) and homers (4). Over his three years at UF, Turgeon started 185 games and owned a career average of .269.

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