LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky junior southpaw Jerad Grundy has been picked in the 26th round of the 2012 MLB Drafty by the Minnesota Twins, going No. 820 overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A native of Johnsburg, Ill., Grundy is now the school-record eighth UK player to be picked in the 2012 MLB Draft, eclipsing the previous record of seven in 2008. Grundy, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, joins UK draft picks including outfielder Brian Adams (eighth round; Padres), catcher Luke Maile (eighth round; Rays), left-hander Taylor Rogers (11th round; Twins), third baseman Thomas McCarthy (18th round; White Sox), right-hander Tim Peterson (20th round; Mets), southpaw Alex Phillips (21st round; Tigers) and outfielder Cameron Flynn (23rd round; Marlins).
This is the third time in his career that Grundy has been drafted, also going in the 42nd round in 2011 to the Marlins and in the 46th round out of high school to the Texas Rangers in 2009. Grundy made 16 weekend starts for UK in 2012, posting a 6-3 record and a 3.78 ERA. The Miami (Fla.) and Heartland CC transfer worked 85.2 innings, allowing 79 hits and walking 36, striking out 63.
The 14th-best draft prospect in the SEC entering the 2012 season, Grundy solidified his role as one of the top pitching prospects in the nation during his last few starts. In his two postseason starts, Grundy went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, striking out 15 in 12 innings. After not getting through the fifth inning in four consecutive starts in SEC play in March and April, Grundy became dominating over his final seven starts, posting a 2.88 ERA in 30.2 innings, striking out 27.
Grundy opened his collegiate career at Miami (Fla.) where he appeared in nine games with two starts, owning a 2-0 record and a 3.57 ERA. In 2011, while teammates with UK outfielder Zac Zellers at Heartland CC, Grundy struck out 70 in 62 innings, owning a 7-3 record and a 3.77 ERA.