Baker's Dozen of #ASUNBSB Athletes Highlight 2017 MLB Draft

LakePoint, Ga. - Thirteen ASUN Conference Baseball players were selected in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft this week. Michael Baumann of Jacksonville became the second Dolphin in as many years to be the first ASUN player off the board, getting picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round. 

Chosen 98th overall, Baumann went just seven picks off former teammate Austin Hays for the highest ASUN pick in the past two years. Both Dolphins have been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles over the past two years, while Baumann is the highest drafted ASUN pitcher since JU's Chris Anderson was taken by the Dodgers in 2013 (1st Round/18th Pick). 

Lipscomb's Michael Gigliotti was the second ASUN player off the board, as the center fielder was selected by the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals' 120th overall in the 4th Round. He trails only Rex Brothers (1st Round/34th Pick) for the highest Bisons' selection in MLB Draft history. 

Tony Dibrell would be the last ASUN player to get drafted on Day Two of the 2017 MLB Draft. The right-handed pitcher went just seven picks after Gigliotti at No. 127 to the New York Mets. Dibrell's selection is the highest Owl arm chosen since Chad Jenkins was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays 20th overall in the 2009 first-year draft.

Four selections were made out of the ASUN in rounds 10 to 20, with Kennesaw State's Austin Upshaw the first off the board on Day 3 of the draft. Upshaw went to the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round (405th overall) after slugging .518 on the season. Teammate Mason Ward was the final Owl taken in the process, going to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the 1018th pick. 

Six ASUN pitchers were taken on Wednesday to total eight conference arms selected overall. Lipscomb's top-two starters, Brady Puckett and Jeffrey Passantino, were selected by the Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs respectively, with Passantino getting taken with the final pick in the draft. The two Bisons right-handers combined for 12 wins on the year and were responsible for 165 of their team's 398 strikeouts on the season (41.5%).

FGCU pitchers Kutter Crawford and Garrett Anderson were both taken on Day 3, with Crawford going to the Boston Red Sox in the 16th round. Former Eagle Chris Sale is already a member of the Red Sox active roster and is the only hurler in D-I program history to record more strikeouts than Crawford (99) in a single season. All-Conference Shortstop Julio Gonzalez joins Anderson and Crawford as one of three FGCU players picked, as he ranked seventh in the conference with a batting average of .329. 

Stetson, USC Upstate and North Florida each had a single player chosen this year, with Hatter righty Brooks Wilson going to the Texas Rangers at 724th overall. Wilson led the conference with 127 strikeouts this year, and was part of a Stetson squad that recorded a team record 538 Ks on the year. Spartan backstop Charlie Carpenter heads to Atlanta after averaging .357 and a D-I program record 11 homers on the season, while Yahir Gurrola went to the Phillies to give North Florida its fifth straight year with a draft selection. 

Out of the ASUN's 11 draft eligible players to earn First-Team All-Conference honors, six were picked up by major league teams this week. Four student-athletes from the conference's Second-Team were also selected. 

RHP Michael Baumann, Jacksonville - Baltimore Orioles (3rd Round/98th Overall)
- Second Team All-Conference Starting Pitcher
- Finished 2017 season with 3.09 ERA 
- Owns the Jacksonville strikeout record at 251
- Averaged 10.00 K/9 on the year, fifth among all ASUN starters

OF Michael Gigliotti, Lipscomb - Kansas City Royals (4th Round/120th Overall)
- Second Team All-Conference Outfielder
- Led the ASUN with 31 stolen bases; tied for 6th in Division I Baseball
- 56 walks on the year sits tied in D-I and is second in the conference
- Reached safely in the last 15 games of the season, driving in five runs over three games in the ASUN Championship

RHP Tony Dibrell, Kennesaw State - New York Mets (4th Round/127th Overall)
- Second Team All-Conference Starting Pitcher
- Finished fourth overall in the ASUN with a 2.45 ERA
- Registered three complete games during the 2017 campaign, striking out 24 in 26.0 IP during that time
- Led team with seven wins and 103 K on the year

INF Austin Upshaw, Kennesaw State - Chicago Cubs (13th Round/405th Overall)
- Hit eight home runs; ranking fifth in the ASUN with a .518 slugging percentage
- Helped turn an ASUN best 42 double plays, committing just four errors on the year

RHP Brady Puckett, Lipscomb - Miami Marlins (15th Round/449th Overall)
- Tossed three complete games on the year, finishing with a D-I program record of eight for his career
- Also owns career Division I Lipscomb records in wins (24) and innings pitched (288.0), while claiming fifth in strikeouts (216)

RHP Kutter Crawford, FGCU - Boston Red Sox (16th Round/491st Overall)
- First Team All-Conference Starting Pitcher
- Finished first in the ASUN with an ERA of 1.71, while recording a 7-1 record in 2017
- .194 batting average against is the third lowest for a single season in D-I program history

SS Julio Gonzalez, FGCU - Kansas City Royals (17th Round/510th Overall)
- First Team All-Conference Shortstop
- Led the ASUN with 84 hits, while averaging a seventh-best .329
- Became the first player in FGCU history to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat against Rutgers on March 18th

RHP Brooks Wilson, Stetson - Texas Rangers (24th Round/724th Overall)
- Led the conference with 127 strikeouts in 2017; ranking 12th in Division I Baseball

C Charlie Carpenter, USC Upstate - Atlanta Braves (26th Round/770th Overall)
- First Team All-Conference Catcher
- Set a single season D-I program record with 11 home runs on the year

OF Yahir Gurrola, North Florida - Philadelphia Phillies (27th Round/803rd Overall)
- First Team All-Conference Outfielder
- Led the conference in doubles (19) and extra-base hits (132)

LHP Mason Ward, Kennesaw State - Pittsburgh Pirates (34th Round/1018th Overall)
- Posted an ERA of 3.26 over eight starts and 49.2 IP

RHP Garrett Anderson, FGCU - Tampa Bay Rays (35th Round/1039th Overall)
- Went 4-0 in his last four starts of the season, finishing with an ERA of 3.43

RHP Jeffrey Passantino, Lipscomb - Chicago Cubs (40th Round/1215th Overall)
- Second Team All-Conference Starting Pitcher

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