Whitson signs with Red Sox
Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.
Right-hander Karsten Whitson became the fourth member of the 2014 UF baseball team to sign a professional contract when he came to terms with the Boston Red Sox. Whitson was chosen in the 11th round with the 344th overall pick. Whitson will forgo his final year of eligibility at the University of Florida.
He has been assigned to the Lowell Spinners of the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League.
Whitson was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 2014, with 14 appearances, nine starts and 21 strikeouts in 37.1 innings for the SEC Champion Gators. He earned a spot on the SEC All-Tournament Team after hurling six scoreless innings against No. 8 LSU in the final held in Hoover, Ala.
As a sophomore, he appeared in 14 games, with 10 starts, and was 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA. He collected the victory in the second game of the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional against No. 11 NC State that sent the Gators to the College World Series for the third-straight year for the first time in school history.
In 2011, the Chipley native was chosen as the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game and was named to the organization's Freshman All-American team as the Gators finished as the national runner-up. He also earned Freshman All-American recognition from Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). A member of the SEC's All-Freshman Team, Whitson held a permanent spot in the Gators' weekend rotation and finished 8-1 with a 2.40 ERA. He tied for the top spot on the club with 19 starts, led the squad with 92 strikeouts in 97.1 innings and limited opponents to a .235 batting average.
Over his career at Florida, Whitson appeared in 47 games, with 38 starts, and was 13-2 (.867) with a 2.95 ERA. In 168 innings, he registered 133 strikeouts.