DeLand, Fla. - On Wednesday Stetson juniors Lindsey Caughel and Tucker Donahue joined Nick Rickles on the list of amateur players selected by major league baseball teams in the annual draft that consists of 50 rounds. This season both players had key roles in leading Stetson to 43 wins, an Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship and a trip to the NCAA Regional in Columbia, South Carolina.
Caughel, a 6-3, 195lb right handed pitcher out of Orlando, Florida was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 35th round (1,055th overall). Caughel spent most of the season as Stetson's Friday night starter. He made 12 appearances, all starts, and finished with 62.2 innings pitched, a 6-2 record, 52 strike outs against just 20 walks and a 4.88 earned run average. Caughel was the first league pitcher this season to be named Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Donahue, a 6-1, 195lb right handed pitcher from Coral Springs, Florida was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 38th round (1,164th overall). Donahue, the hardest throwing member of the Hatters' staff, has a fastball that has been clocked in the mid 90's this season. Early on he was Stetson's go-to middle relief man and then added a starting role when needed due to injuries. Donahue had 28 appearances and nine starts in 2011. He tied for second on the team in strike outs with 63 and finished with a 3-3 record and a 3.76 earned run average.
A pair of Stetson signees for next season were also selected in the MLB Draft. Sam Kimmel out of Indian River State College was picked in the 35th round (1,075th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds and Jalen Harris from Lambrick Park High School was selected in the 41st round (1,241st) by the Milwaukee Brewers.