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June 6, 2012

Adams, Maile lead record 9 Wildcats in MLB Draft

A record nine Kentucky Wildcats have been picked in the 2012 MLB Draft, which concludes Wednesday. UK players selected are listed below in the order in which they were picked:

Brian Adams
Position: OF Bats/throws: R/R
Team: San Diego Padres
Round: 8 Pick: 7 (No. 255 overall)
Class: Junior
Height: 6-4 Weight: 220
2012 season: Was a part-time starter after being a major contributor in 2010 and 2011. Finished the season with a .250 batting average, playing in 27 games while starting eight. Had one home run and seven RBI. Also played wide receiver on the football team.

Luke Maile
Position: C Bats/throws: R/R
Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Round: 8 Pick: 24 (No. 272 overall)
Class: Junior
Height: 6-3 Weight: 220
2012 season: Split catching duties with senior Michael Williams while also playing significant time at first base. Former Kentucky High School Mr. Baseball hit .319 while adding 12 home runs and 51 RBI. Also stole nine bases in 11 attempts.

Taylor Rogers
Position: LHP Bats/throws: L/L
Team: Minnesota Twins
Round: 11 Pick: 2 (No. 340 overall)
Class: Junior
Height: 6-3 Weight: 175
2012 season: Three-year weekend starter for Wildcats went 6-4 in 17 games with 15 starts this season. Registered 84 strikeouts against 21 walks in 89.1 innings in 2012.

Thomas McCarthy
Position: 3B Bats/throws: R/R
Team: Chicago White Sox
Round: 18 Pick: 13 (No. 561 overall)
Class: Senior
Height: 6-2 Weight: 200
2012 season: Started all 63 games at the hot corner while batting .310 with a .396 OBP. Drove in 33 runs, had five homers and 20 doubles.

Tim Peterson
Position: RHP Bats/throws: R/R
Team: New York Mets
Round: 20 Pick: 12 (No. 620 overall)
Class: Junior
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195
2012 season: Went 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA while working out of the bullpen for the Wildcats. Pitched 26 innings, allowing 24 hits and four walks while striking out 28 batters.

Alex Phillips
Position: LHP Bats/throws: L/L
Team: Detroit Tigers
Round: 21 Pick: 26 (No. 664 overall)
Class: Senior
Height: 6-4 Weight: 210
2012 season: Threw 59.1 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 43 hits and 18 walks while striking out 50. Held opponents to a .206 batting average and finished with a 3.03 ERA. Posted a 5-2 record with eight saves.

Cameron Flynn
Position: OF Bats/throws: R/R
Team: Miami Marlins
Round: 23 Pick: 9 (No. 707 overall)
Class: Redshirt Junior
Height: 6-0 Weight: 195
2012 season: Redshirted in 2011 while recovering from a hand injury after transferring from Morehead State. Started 52 games in 2012, batting .268 with nine homers and 34 RBI.

Jerad Grundy
Position: LHP Bats/throws: L/L
Team: Minnesota Twins
Round: 27 Pick: 2 (No. 820 overall)
Class: Junior
Height: 6-1 Weight: 200
2012 season: The Saturday starter for the Wildcats went 6-3 in 16 starts this year and was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two postseason starts. Transferred to UK after spending 2011 at Heartland CC.

Michael Williams
Position: C Bats/throws: R/R
Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Round: 30 Pick: 24 (No. 932 overall)
Class: Senior
Height: 6-2 Weight: 220
2012 season: Emotional leader for Wildcats started 58 games in final year, hitting .290 with three homers and 36 RBI.

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