CARROLL PICKED IN RULE 5 DRAFT
Consensus first-team All-America outfielder Sawyer Carroll was picked in the minor league portion of the MLB Rule 5 Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.
A former third-round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft by San Diego, Carroll has spent the last five seasons in the Padres organization. A 6-foot-4 left-handed hitter, Carroll played his first full season in Triple-A in 2012, logging 112 games in the Pacific Coast League.
A native of Henryetta, Okla., Carroll batted .263 (98-for-372) in 2012, with 15 doubles, six triples, eight homers and 56 RBI, stealing 10 bases and owning a .737 OPS (on-base + slugging percentage). In his five year minor league career, Carroll has played in 564 games and hit .274 (550-for-2010) with 117 doubles, 27 triples, 49 homers and 325 RBI, adding 46 stolen bases.
As a senior in 2008, after electing to return for his final season as a draft pick of the Washington Nationals, Carroll earned consensus first-team All-America honors. He hit .419 (98-for-234) in 63 games, with 19 homers and a school-record 83 RBI, leading UK to a then-record 44 wins. Following the season, the Padres picked him in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft.