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Gators Shine in MLB’s Pipeline 2020 All Rookie Team

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gators alums Dane Dunning and Brady Singer made their respective Major League Baseball debuts this season, and both earned spots on MLB Pipeline’s 2020 All-Rookie Team. Florida is one of two collegiate programs with multiple representatives on the team.

Dunning, a right-handed starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, was a first-team honoree, while Singer, a right-handed starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, received a second-team nod.

Dunning is 2-0 with a 3.19 earned run average across six starts and 31 innings pitched. Originally selected by the Washington Nationals with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Dunning also has 33 strikeouts (against just 10 walks) and is holding opposing hitters to a .190 average.

MLB Pipeline’s story noted Dunning “went two years between competitive starts, missing all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery,” but is now “a mainstay in a rotation of the staff with the third-lowest ERA in the American League.”

When Dunning made his MLB debut for the White Sox, who called him up for a Aug. 19 start against the Detroit Tigers, he became the fourth member of Florida’s 2016 MLB Draft class to reach the big leagues.

Five of the eight Gators chosen that year went in the first two rounds, followed by a third-, fourth-, and 10th-rounder. The previous three Gators to reach the majors were 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso (New York Mets), right-hander Shaun Anderson (San Francisco Giants), and left-hander A.J. Puk (Oakland Athletics).

Singer made his debut for the Royals in the team’s second game of the 2020 season. The Eustis, Fla., product has racked up 56 strikeouts across 57.1 innings pitched in his 11 starts.

Singer, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, has held opponents to two or fewer runs in five of his starts, including consecutive scoreless outings earlier this month against the Cleveland Indians and Detroit.

In the first of those two outings, Singer went 7.2 innings without allowing a hit. Six days later, Singer allowed just two hits in six innings of shutout baseball against the Tigers.

Of the 43 first-rounders from the 2018 MLB Draft, a group which included three Gators, Singer was the second to make his MLB debut when he started for the Royals July 25.

Singer and Dunning became the 20th and 21st Gators to reach the big leagues after playing for head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

There were 18 Gators on 60-man MLB rosters prior to the start of the season, the highest total of any program in the nation. Four of them – Alonso, Dunning, Darren O’Day (Atlanta Braves), and Mike Zunino (Tampa Bay Rays) – are on active rosters of teams who have already clinched playoff berths.

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