Florida’s Langworthy signs with Detroit Tigers

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Florida outfielder Austin Langworthy signs with Detroit. [Gary McCullough/Associated Press]

By /Gators Wire

Senior outfielder and left-handed pitcher Austin Langworthy signed with the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday after going unselected in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft last month. It is presumed that he receive the MLB maximum signing bonus available for undrafted amateurs this season, which is set at $20,000.

The multi-tool player from nearby Williston has had quite a career with the Gators, winning a College World Series in his debut campaign with the team, after which he became a leader on some successful squads successive since that magical 2017 season.

Langworthy started 53 games as a true freshman in 2017, batting just .238 with four home runs and 26 RBI while sporting a 3.71 ERA on the mound. His pivotal role in that CWS title came in a decisive regional matchup with Bethune-Cookman in which UF’s bullpen had been depleted — he tossed a season-high four innings, allowing just two hits and a run, while also adding a three-run home run, with his efforts elevating Florida to the Super Regionals.

In 2018, Langworthy batted .290 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 70 games, while making only four appearances on the mound to the tune of a 2.70 ERA. His walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the Auburn Tigers in the Super Regional propelled the Gators into the 2018 World Series. His 70 appearances tied him for the 10th-most in school history in a single season.

The Gators struggled in 2019 but Langworthy did not, putting up the most productive numbers of his collegiate career. In 58 games, he batted .283 with career highs in home runs (10) and RBI (43), while putting up a 3.12 ERA in seven pitching appearances. He finished his junior year strong, stringing together a season-long hitting streak of 11 games, going 16-for-46 (.348) with four home runs and 12 RBI, while preventing his opponents from scoring a single earned run in six of his seven appearances.

Langworthy returned to Gainesville for his senior campaign, only to have it cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. He played exclusively in left field, batting .246 — good for third-best on the team — along with a home run, eight RBI and 17 hits, though he did not appear on the mound.

While he still had an extra year of eligibility remaining despite being a senior due to the NCAA’s implementation of its COVID-19 eligibility policy, it appears that the lure of professional baseball was too strong to bring him back for one final hurrah.

Langworthy is the second free-agent signing for the Gators after Brady Smith joined the Texas Rangers last month.


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