@ASUNBSB Sees 15 Players Taken in 2018 MLB Draft

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LakePoint, Ga. - For the sixth-straight season, the ASUN Conference saw double-digit players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. The conference upped its total number of draft picks from last year from 13 to 15. The 15 selections are the most the league has produced since 2014 when 18 players were drafted.

ASUN Champion Stetson led the league with a grand total of six selections. ASUN Pitcher of the Year Logan Gilbert saw his name get called on Monday night in the first round by the Seattle Mariners with the 14th overall pick. He is the fourth highest pick in the history of the league, as Georgia Southern's Joey Hamilton was taken eighth overall in 1991, Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost went 11th in 2014 and FGCU's Chris Sale went 13th in 2010. ASUN Player of the Year, Brooks Wilson, went in the seventh round to the Atlanta Braves, while Jack Perkins went in the 11th to the Philadelphia Phillies, Ben Onyshko went in the 24th to the Mariners, Austin Hale went in the 28th to the Minnesota Twins and Joey Gonzalez went in the 28th to the World Champion Houston Astros. 

North Florida, Kennnesaw State and FGCU had two draft picks each. First Team All-Conference selection, Frank German, went in the fourth round to the New York Yankees, becoming the highest drafted pitcher in UNF history. The Ospreys also had left handed pitcher Austin Drury get selected in the 34th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kennesaw State had a pair of 10th round selections. Starting pitcher AJ Moore went with 289th overall pick to the Cincinnati Reds, while second basemen Grant Williams went 310th overall to the Boston Red Sox. FGCU pitchers Josh Dye and Mario Leon were selected just seven picks apart. Dye went in the 23rd and the 692nd pick to the Kansas City Royals, while Leon went 699th overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

Lipscomb, USC Upstate and Jacksonville saw one player get drafted from their respective clubs. Second Team All-Conference player, Lee Solomon was taken in the 25th round by the San Diego Padres. Upstate starting pitcher Blake Whitney also went in the 25th round to the Chicago Cubs. JU's Chris Gau, a Second Team All-Conference selection, was taken in the 10th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Future ASUN members, Liberty and North Alabama, also had players taken. The Flames saw four players go as DJ Artis went in the seventh round to the Cubs, Jack DeGroat went in the 11th to the Cleveland Indians, Tre Todd went in the 21st to the Dodgers and Jackson Bertsch went in the 29th to the Yankees. The Lions had a lone selection in pitcher Tyler Joyner who was chosen in the 30th round by the Baltimore Orioles. 

RHP Logan Gilbert, Stetson - Seattle Mariners (1st Round/14th Overall)
- First Team All-Conference Selection; First Team All-American 
- 2017 & '18 ASUN Pitcher of the Year; the only pitcher in conference history to win the award twice
- Is 11-1 with a 2.52 ERA and leads the nation in Ks with 157
- Owns a career record of 23-2 with 307 Ks and a 2.38 ERA

RHP Frank German, North Florida - New York Yankees (4th Round/127th Overall)
- First Team All-Conference Selection
- Led the ASUN in ERA with a minuscule 1.58 ERA
- Toss a complete game against Kennesaw State in the ASUN Championship
- Highest drafted pitcher in UNF history

RHP Brooks Wilson, Stetson - Atlanta Braves (7th Round/202nd Overall)
- ASUN Player of the Year
- First Team All-Conference Starting Pitcher; First Team All-American
- Tied for the nation's lead in saves with 20; an ASUN single season record
- Is hitting .299 with three homers and 34 RBIs and leads the team with 16 doubles

RHP AJ Moore, Kennesaw State - Cincinnati Reds (10th Round/289th Overall)
- Went 5-3 with a 3.24 ERA over 80.2 innings this season for the Owls
- Tied for the program record in wins with 17

2B Grant Williams, Kennesaw State - Boston Red Sox (10th Round/310th Overall)
- Hit .304 and led the Owls in on-base percentage with a .397 clip
- 2017 ASUN Defensive Player of the Year; 2017 First Team All-Conference Selection
- 2017 Cape Cod League All-Star

RHP Jack Perkins, Stetson - Philadelphia Phillies (11th Round/317th Overall)
- First Team All-Conference selection
- Owns an 11-2 record with a 2.34 ERA and 106 Ks over 103.2 innings
- Fired a complete game, three-hitter in Stetson's Regional clincher over Oklahoma State

RHP Chris Gau, Jacksonville - Tampa Bay Rays (14th Round/420th Overall)
- Second Team All-Conference selection
- Went 9-3 with a 2.58 ERA with 95 Ks, 13 quality starts over 111.2 innings 
- Third player in JU history to be drafted by the Rays

LHP Josh Dye, FGCU - Kansas City Royals (23rd Round/692nd Overall)
- Went 8-4 with a 2.40 ERA in 93.2 innings this season for the Eagles
- Holds a career 2.98 ERA, which sits ninth lowest in FGCU history
- Is the 30th player to be drafted in the 16-year history of FGCU baseball

RHP Mario Leon, FGCU - Arizona Diamondbacks (23rd Round/699th Overall)
- 2018 ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- Posted a 3.04 ERA over 14 starts and 82.2 innings pitched this season 
- Fifth all-time in FGCU history in strikeouts with 225

LHP Ben Onyshko, Stetson - Seattle Mariners (24th Round/718th Overall)
- Owns a 2.70 ERA in 21 appearances and 33.1 innings this season for the Hatters
- Has registered 11.34 K/9 out of the 'pen this season; third most among Stetson pitchers

RHP Blake Whitney, USC Upstate - Chicago Cubs (24th Round/728th Overall)
- Went 5-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 13 starts for the Spartans
- Upstate's D-1 leader in career Ks with 251

2B Lee Solomon, Lipscomb - San Diego (25th Round/741st Overall)
- Second Team All-Conference selection
- Despite missing a month, hit .286 with eight homers, nine doubles, 25 RBIs
- 30th Bisons player in history to be drafted

C Austin Hale, Stetson - Minnesota Twins (28th Round/844th Overall)
- 2018 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
- Owns a fielding percentage of .993 this season

RHP Joey Gonzalez, Stetson - Houston Astros (28th/852nd Overall)
- Second Team All-Conference Selection
- Leads the Hatters with a 1.75 ERA this season 

LHP Austin Drury, North Florida, Los Angeles Dodgers (34th/1,034th Overall)
- Went 4-4 with a 4.85 ERA this season for the Ospreys 
- Tied for second in UNF history with 16 wins

   

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