Three Wildcats Taken In MLB Draft

Three Wildcats Taken In MLB Draft

Kentucky's Brian Adams, Luke Maile and Taylor Rogers were all selected in the MLB draft Tuesday.
Kentucky's Brian Adams, Luke Maile and Taylor Rogers were all selected in the MLB draft Tuesday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky juniors Brian Adams, Luke Maile and Taylor Rogers were each selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.

Adams was the first to go. The junior centerfielder was picked 255th overall by the San Diego Padres in the 8th round.

Later in the 8th round, Maile went with the 272nd overall pick to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Minnesota Twins made Rogers the 340th overall pick in the 11th round.

UK has had 16 players go in the opening ten rounds of the draft - and 37 overall - since the Wildcats won the 2006 Southeastern Conference regular-season title.

Adams, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed hitter out of Gainesville, Ga., was drafted out of South Forsyth High School in the 45th round by the Cincinnati Reds and was rated as the top athlete in the SEC in the preseason of 2012 by Baseball America.

Adams came to Kentucky as a two-sport standout in high school and was a scholarship wide receiver for the UK football team from 2009-11.

In his three-year UK career, Adams owns a .312 average (64-for-205) with 36 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and 28 RBI, stealing 11-of-15 bases.

As a freshman, Adams hit .472 (17-for-36) with three doubles, one triple, one homer and eight RBI, emerging as a standout late in the season.

During the 2011 campaign, Adams served as UK’s primary starter in centerfield, starting 39 of 41 games played with a .288 average, adding eight doubles, one triple, two homers and 13 RBI, swiping nine bags.

During UK’s 2012 season, Adams batted .250 (11-for-44) in 27 games and eight starts, doubling twice and belting a mammoth homer against Alabama at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Adams drove in seven runs in 2012 and robbed his second homer of his career in left field, coming at Mississippi State in the regular-season finale.

Maile, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound catcher from Crestview Hills, Ky., was a 2012 All-Southeastern Conference selection.

Maile was Kentucky's Mr. Baseball at Covington Catholic High School.

He led UK to its best season in the history of the program in 2012, with UK winning a record 45 games and finishing a game out of the regular-season SEC Championship.

As a second-team All-SEC catcher in 2012, Maile hit .319 (73-for-229) with 13 doubles, 12 homers and 51 RBI, owning a .533 slugging and a .426 on-base percentage.

Maile owned a 34-35 walk-strikeout ratio and stole nine of 11 bases.

Defensively, Maile helped lead UK to the fewest stolen bases against and the most pickoffs in the SEC, throwing out 10 of 18 would-be base steals and a staggering eight of 11 would-be base stealers in league action.

In his career, Maile owns a .295 average (130-for-441) with 23 doubles, three triples, 24 homers and 93 RBI, stealing 17-of-21 bases.

As a freshman, Maile opened his career with a homer in his first UK at bat, batting .200 (7-for-35) in 2010 with three homers and six RBI.

Maile emerged as one of the top players in college baseball as a sophomore, batting .282 (50-for-177) with 10 doubles, three triples, nine homers and 36 RBI.

A 43rd-round pick out of high school by the Boston Red Sox, Maile earned a bevy of honors in 2012.

He was a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser NCAA Player of the Year Award. In addition, Maile earned two SEC Player of the Week accolades.

Rogers, 6-foot-3, 170-pound southpaw out of Littleton, Colo., has been a fixture in the UK weekend rotation since arriving on campus out of Chatfield High School as a 37th-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles.

In 2012, Rogers served as UK’s Friday-night starter, appearing in 17 games with 15 starts, posting a 6-4 record and a 4.53 ERA, notching one save. Rogers tossed 89.1 innings, walking 21 and striking out 84.

In his three-year career, Rogers has appeared in 45 games with 42 starts, owning a 13-18 record and a 5.34 ERA. Rogers tossed 249.1 innings, walking 55 and striking out 172.

As a freshman, Rogers made 14 weekend starts for UK, leading the club in innings pitched (83). In 2011, Rogers made 14 appearances and 13 starts, tossing 77 innings and striking out 49.

In his first career start, Rogers carried a perfect game into the seventh inning of a win over West Virginia in 2010, earning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week accolades.

During the summer of 2011, Rogers starred in the Cape Cod League, winning the CCBL All-Star Game at Fenway Park. 

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