Tigers sign four more picks, three undrafted FAs
The Tigers signed their eighth-, 11th-, 14th- and 19th-round draft picks, along with a pair of Mississippi State players — catcher Wes Thigpen and shortstop Jonathan Ogden, — along with infielder/outfielder Zach Maxfield, one of the most prolific hitters in the history of the Florida Gulf Coast University program. The only FGCU player to hit double-digit home runs in three straight seasons, Maxfield owns four career and two single-season hitting records in the program.
He's got nothing on the Tigers' eighth-round pick, though. Dallas Baptist's Jason Krizan put a serious challenge toward matching Robin Ventura's NCAA Division I-record 58-game hit streak, hitting in 39 consecutive games as a senior. The first-team All-American outfielder broke the D-I single-season record for doubles, and led the nation in hits this season.
The Tigers' 11th-round pick, first baseman Dean Green, was a consensus D-II All-American and Sunshine Conference Player of the Year as a senior after transferring from Oklahoma State. He hit .400 with 19 homers and 77 RBI, setting the school record for intentional walks and extra-base hits.
Pat Smith, the Tigers' 14th-round pick, led Middle Georgia College in nearly every offensive category as a freshman, a year after the Red Sox picked him in the 43rd round out of high school.
Florida State closer Dan Bennett was the Tigers' 19th-round pick, after recording 15 saves for the Seminoles, who fell one game shy of a College World Series appearance.