June 06, 2012
On the heels of a record-breaking season, three UK baseball players were selected on the first day of the MLB draft, which consisted of 15 rounds (the entire draft is 40 rounds).
-- OF Brian Adams, 8th round, No. 255 overall, San Diego Padres.
The junior has always split time between baseball and football but recently committed to baseball exclusively. He only played in about half of UK's games, batting .250 with a .298 on-base percentage, but he has raw talent that could develop quickly with more focus on the sport.
-- C/1B Luke Maile, 8th round, No. 272 overall, Tampa Bay Rays.
The junior emerged as one of UK's best offensive threats this season, batting .319 with a .426 on-base percentage, 12 home runs and 51 RBI.
-- P Taylor Rogers, 11th round, No. 340 overall, Minnesota Twins.
The junior lefthander appeared in 17 games with 15 starts, posting a 6-4 record and a 4.53 ERA, with one save. Rogers threw 89.1 innings, walking 21 and striking out 84.
Because all three are juniors, they have the option of returning for another year at UK.