LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky senior third baseman Thomas McCarthy – a 2011 first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection – has been picked by the Chicago White Sox in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, going No. 561 overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A native of Corvallis, Ore., McCarthy became the fourth UK player picked, also joining outfielder Brian Adams (eighth round; Padres), catcher Luke Maile (eighth round; Rays) and left-hander Taylor Rogers (11th round; Twins). McCarthy is the 46th UK player to be drafted or sign a free-agent contract since UK won the 2006 SEC Championship.
McCarthy, who became the first UK third baseman named first-team All-SEC since Jim Lett in 1972 during his first year at UK, helped spear the Wildcats historic 2012 season. McCarthy anchored third base for all 63 games, helping UK set a school-record for fielding percentage (.975). At the plate, he hit .310 (75-for-242) with 20 doubles, five homers and 33 RBI, stealing four bases.
In his two-year career, McCarthy hit .338 (153-for-452) with 39 doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 72 RBI, stealing 12-of-16 bases. McCarthy hit .371 (78-for-210) during 2011, including a staggering .411 average during SEC play. He added 19 doubles, two triples, seven homers, 39 RBI and eight steals during the 2011 campaign.
McCarthy has enjoyed success on and off the field as one of the top senior student athletes in college baseball. He was also named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.