June 9, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama baseball’s Casey Hughston and Taylor Guilbeau were selected on day two of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Hughston was taken in the third round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, while Guilbeau was selected in the 10th round by the Washington Nationals.
Hughston was the 96th overall pick in this year’s draft, making him the second-highest drafted Alabama outfielder in the program’s storied history. He is behind on Joe Vitiello, who was selected with the seventh overall pick in 1991 by the Kansas City Royals.
He started all 60 games this season in right field and served as the primary cleanup hitter. The sophomore closed out 2015 as the team’s leader in hits (78) and total bases (118) and maintained a .332 average that ranked second for the Tide. He contributed 24 extra-base hits that included 14 doubles, four triples and six home runs, while adding 12 stolen bases — all totals that were second on the squad.
The Mobile native sported a .306 (125-409) average over his two-year career and put together 69 RBI and 56 runs scored across 112 games, 107 of which he started.
Guilbeau was made the 314th pick of the draft, going in the 10th round to the Washington Nationals. He returned for his senior season in 2015 and made the most of it. Slotted as the Crimson Tide’s featured Friday night starter, the southpaw faced off with some of the top arms in this year’s draft. He set career-highs in starts (15), innings pitched (92.2) and strikeouts (79) this season and led all Alabama starters in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts while finishing with a 3.69 ERA (38 ER/92.2 IP). Despite not factoring into the decision in six of his starts, he kept the Tide in the striking distance as Alabama came away with wins in five of those contests.
In perhaps his most important start of the year, Guilbeau led the Tide to a 4-3 win over the Missouri Tigers in the 2015 SEC Tournament. The senior tossed 7.0 innings of three-run baseball before a solo home run in the eighth would push the Tide ahead to advance Alabama to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
He finished his four years in Tuscaloosa with a 12-11 overall record across 63 career appearances (31 starts) with a 3.95 ERA (95 ER/216.1 IP) and 176 total strikeouts. Including this season, he was twice named the Crimson Tide’s opening day starter with his first nod coming as a freshman in 2012, making him the first freshman in Alabama history to start the season opener.
The 2015 MLB Draft will wrap up with rounds 11-40 tomorrow at Noon CT. The picks can be followed live online at MLB.com.
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