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FGCU trio drafted in late rounds

June 16, 2017
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Three different Major League Baseball teams picked Florida Gulf Coast players Wednesday in the league's First-Year Player Draft.

Junior pitcher Kutter Crawford, junior shortstop Julio Gonzalez and pitcher Garrett Anderson all heard their names called on the third day of the draft.

Crawford was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 16th round, Gonzalez went to the Kansas City Royals in the 17th round and Anderson had to wait until the 35th round for the Tampa Bay Rays to call his name.

The trio became Eagles head coach Dave Tollett's 27th, 28th and 29th players drafted in the program's 15-year history.

Crawford is the first Eagles player to be drafted by the Red Sox and the third former Eagle to sign with the organization out of college. He is the fourth former Eagle to pass through the Red Sox organization, including five-time MLB All-Star Chris Sale.

In 15 appearances and 13 starts for the Eagles, Crawford posted a 7-1 record with a 1.71 ERA, best in the ASUN, ninth best in the NCAA and second lowest in FGCU single-season history.

Gonzalez is the first FGCU player to be drafted by the Royals. Former Eagle pitcher Casey Coleman was the first Eagle to reach the majors when he made his debut with the Royals in 2010.

Gonzalez led the Eagles with a .326 average, eighth in the ASUN. The Puerto Rico native also led the conference in hits (84) and ranked in the top-10 in the league in other offensive categories.

Described as one of the best defensive shortstops in program history, Gonzalez was one of two Eagles to play and start in all 63 games this season.

Anderson is the first FGCU player drafted by the Rays and the second to be signed by the organization out of college. Former player and pitching coach Pete Woodworth signed as a free agent following his senior season in 2010.

A four-year member of the Eagles, Anderson capped off his senior season with career highs in wins (7), starts (13), innings pitched (80.2) and strikeouts (64) and matched his career-high total with three saves.



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