Three UK players chosen in baseball draft

Herald-Leader Staff ReportJune 7, 2013 

Junior left-hander Corey Littrell became the first University of Kentucky player chosen in this year's Major League Baseball Draft when he was selected in the fifth round by the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

Littrell's selection came three rounds after two future Wildcats were drafted late Thursday night.

UK signees Clinton Hollon of Woodford County High School and Hunter Green of Warren East were picked in the second round.

In Friday's sixth round, San Diego picked UK right-hander Trevor Gott, a junior from Tates Creek, and in the 10th round, the Oakland A's picked UK senior lefty Jerad Grundy.

Littrell was the 143rd overall pick in the draft. He is the 16th UK player to be selected in the top 10 rounds in the last eight drafts.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Louisville native led UK starters in 2013 with a 3.72 ERA, going 6-5 in 14 starts. He had team highs of 941⁄3 innings pitched and 77 strikeouts.

Before choosing to play at UK, Littrell was drafted in the 35th round by the Washington Nationals in 2010.

Gott, who was drafted No. 178 overall, broke UK's single-season and career records for saves this season.

Both Hollon and Green have signed with UK and now must choose whether to play with the Cats or negotiate professional contracts and begin playing in the minor leagues.

Hollon, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound right-handed pitcher, was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round, No. 47 overall.

Green, a 6-4, 175-pound left-hander, went to the Anaheim Angels, also in the second round, No. 59 overall.

The draft resumed with rounds three through 10 on Friday and concludes with rounds 11 through 40 starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Hollon was ranked the 86th-best prospect in the draft, according to MLB.com. He went 9-1 with a 0.61 ERA in 10 starts as a senior this season while striking out 87 batters in 57 innings.

Green had 110 strikeouts and a 0.14 earned-run average this season in 51 innings pitched. He went 3-1 in 10 starts.

"Hunter Green is a pitcher we liked tremendously and we are thrilled to select him," said Ric Wilson, Angels director of scouting. "He has a good size, a young loose arm and a high ceiling. We project him as a starter as he has many major league starting pitcher traits."

According to MLB.com, the 47th overall pick comes with a recommended value of $1,168,200. The 59th pick is valued at $942,000.

Three juniors from the University of Louisville were drafted Friday. Cleveland chose right-handed pitcher Dace Kime and Detroit went with right-hander Jeffrey Thompson in the third round. Tampa Bay picked third baseman Ty Young in Round 7.

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