Florida catcher Taylor Gushue signs with Pirates
Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.
Catcher Taylor Gushue will forgo his final year of eligibility at Florida after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gushue became the third member of the 2014 Gator baseball team to sign a professional contract. He had been chosen in the fourth round with the 131st overall pick in last week's MLB draft. Justin Shafer (Toronto) and Casey Turgeon (St. Louis) signed earlier this week.
A second-team All-American by Louisville Slugger and a first-team All-SEC selection, Gushue batted a career-high .316 and led the Gators in total bases (105), RBI (49), doubles (16), sacrifice flies (11), homers (6) and slugging percentage (.467). The Johnny Bench Award semifinalist for the nation's top catcher paced the SEC in conference games with a .389 clip and was the runner-up in slugging percentage (.583) and on-base percentage (.449).
Gushue played in 173 games and had a career average of .274, with 103 RBI, 78 runs, 37 doubles and 16 homers.