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Florida outfielder Jacob Young became the fifth current Gators baseball player to be selected in the 2021 MLB draft. He was taken 203rd overall by the Washington Nationals in the seventh round. His teammates Jud Fabian, Tommy Mace, Christian Scott and Nathan Hickey were all drafted before him.
Young was one of head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s most consistent batters this season. He broke former Florida star Tim Olson’s 21-year-old record with a 30-game hitting streak. He finished the season with a .314 batting average. The Ponte Vedra, Florida native also led the Gators in hits (80), doubles (16), runs (56), stolen bases (13) and outfield assists (7).
He was also named to the SEC All-Tournament Team in 2021.
Entering college, Young was projected as a project because he was ranked just the No. 500 player, according to Perfect Game.
The slot value for his selection is $225,800. It’d be surprising to see Young not come back for another season with the Orange and Blue after he slid to the seventh round.