TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Stephen McGee became the first Florida State baseball player taken off the board in the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft, selected in the ninth round (277th overall pick) by the LA Angels.
“I am just ecstatic,” said McGee on being selected in this year’s draft. “I can’t really explain it. This is the first time that I have been drafted. It’s awesome; it’s a dream come true.”
McGee is in the midst of a career season at the plate posting single-season career-highs in hits (57), runs (49), doubles (16), home runs (9) and RBI (51). The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native, who is hitting .292 on the year, connected on his first career home run on March 5 against Presbyterian and is currently tied for the team lead in that category with Marcus Davis. He also has registered a team-best 55 walks which ranks third in the ACC and fifth nationally.
“I was actually at a movie when I found out,” added McGee. “Luckily it was right at the end of the movie when all the calls, emails, text messages and tweets started coming in. I had talked to the Angels prior (to the draft). Actually, I talked with one of their scouts when we played down at Stetson earlier this year. I knew they were looking at me but I had no idea when I was going to go.”
The redshirt junior catcher has also proven to be an ironman behind the plate catching 488.2 out of a possible 550.2 innings this year. McGee has also started 129 consecutive games for the Seminoles dating back to the 2012 season opener
McGee was named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award presented to the top nation’s top collegiate catcher, while claiming second team All-ACC honors in 2013. He has played a major role in helping the Seminole pitching staff to a team ERA of 2.73 – the second lowest in 34 seasons under head coach Mike Martin. McGee has gone on to post a .992 fielding percentage on the year committing four errors in 480 chances from behind the plate. He is also throwing out 36.4 percent of base stealers on the year.
With McGee’s selection on day two of the draft, Florida State has now had a player selected in the draft in each of the last 39 years (1975-2013). Stephen also joins his older brother Mike, who was drafted twice during his career at Florida State. Mike was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 41st round in 2010 and then in the 15th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2011.
The third and final day of the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.
As always, Seminole fans can follow the Noles on twitter @FSU_Baseball to find out when other Florida State players are selected in the draft.