School-record four Wildcats taken in first 10 rounds

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Senior pitcher Andrew Albers has been picked in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, going to the San Diego Padres with 315th pick.

Albers, a native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, led UK with 31 appearances in 2008, earning a 2.40 ERA and a 7-4 record, adding five saves. The senior lefty worked in 56.1 innings, striking out 64, and holding opponents to a .226 batting average. With 81 career appearances, Albers ranks fifth all-time and his 20 career wins is tied for fourth all-time. With 12 career saves, Albers ranks third all-time in UK history.

A 12th-round draft pick out of high school in 2004, Albers was the physical and vocal leader of the pitching staff throughout his career, functioning as a weekend starter and a closer during his four-year tenure. Albers started a team-high 15 games in 2007 and 14 games in 2005, appearing in 21 games in 2006 as the closer.

Albers is the fourth Wildcat to be picked in the top 10 rounds in 2008, marking the most UK players picked in the top 10 rounds in program history. Scott Green (3rd), Sawyer Carroll (3rd) and Collin Cowgill (5th) rounded out UK’s draft picks.

UK signee Daniel Webb joined three other Wildcat signees, Seth Lintz (2nd), Robbie Ross (2nd) and Corban Joseph (4th) as draft picks. Webb, a right-handed pitcher from Paducah, Ky., was picked with the 378th pick in the 12th round, going to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Pitcher Scott Green and outfielders Sawyer Carroll and Collin Cowgill became the first three Kentucky players drafted in the top five rounds in program history, with Carroll and Green marking the highest drafted UK duo since 1992.

The Detroit Tigers nabbed Green with the 99th pick in the third round, Carroll was picked by the San Diego Padres in the supplemental third round with the 111th pick, and Cowgill with the 168th pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth round.

The 1992 duo of second-round pitching selections of Rod Henderson (Expos) and Mark Thompson (Rockies) mark the only two players drafted higher in the same year in UK history. In 2006, Ryan Strieby (4th) and John Shelby (5th) marked the highest pair of a school-record six member draft class. UK had three players drafted in the top 10 rounds in 1997, Scott Downs (3rd), Matt Borno (8th), and Kenny Miller (9th).

Green becomes the third Wildcat to be selected by the Detroit Tigers in the last three years, joining Strieby and 2006 senior leader, Michael Bertram. Green, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound righty, appeared in 20 games with eight starts in 2008, earning a 6-4 record and a 4.76 ERA, striking out 64 in 56.2 innings, adding two saves. Green helped lead the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League to the league title in the summer, going 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA in nine games and eight starts.

Green was picked for the first time in his career in 2007 by the Red Sox in the 15th round.

Carroll, a first-team All-America selection, led the Southeastern Conference with a .419 average, belting 19 home runs and driving in a school-record 83 RBI. Finishing his two-year career as Kentucky’s career record holder for batting average (.386), Carroll added 22 doubles and a club-high three triples in 2008, swiping 12-of-12 bases. Carroll, a native of Henryetta, Okla., drew 44 walks and struck out just 33 times in 2008. In 2007, Carroll led the SEC with 23 doubles, adding three homers and 56 RBI, functioning as UK’s everyday first baseman.

Carroll, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, was an 18th round selection of the Washington Nationals in 2007.

Cowgill had a monster season after redshirting in 2007 due to injury. A second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection, Cowgill hit .361 with 15 doubles, two triples and 19 home runs, driving in 60 RBI and swiping 23-of-27 bases. A five-tool player, Cowgill added seven outfield assists, five coming throwing runners out at the plate. Cowgill set a new UK season record, scoring 80 runs in 2008.

Before earning All-Star honors in the Cape Cod League during the summer, Cowgill was a 29th round MLB Draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2007.

Three UK signees were also picked up early in the draft, pitchers Seth Lintz and lefty Lexington native Robbie Ross and infielder Corban Joseph. Lintz was picked No. 53 in the second round by the Milwaukee Brewers and Ross was selected No. 57 by the Texas Rangers later in the second round. Joseph, a middle infielder from Tennessee was selected by the New York Yankees in the fourth round with the 140th pick.