WEDNESDAY, JUNE 06, 2012
Gulbransen and Murphy selected on the final day of the 2012 MLB Draft
Gulbransen (left)/Murphy (right) were each picked in the MLB Draft
Gulbransen (left)/Murphy (right) were each picked in the MLB Draft
JU baseball junior Dan Gulbransen and senior Jonathan Murphy each had their names called on the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Gulbransen had has named called to start the day by going in the first pick of the 16th round to the Houston Astros (489th overall). Murphy will join fellow teammate Adam Brett Walker after getting picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 19th round (580th overall). Walker II was taken in the third round by the Twins to start JU’s draft class.

“It’s great that Dan and Jonathan both got drafted,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We always knew they had the skills to play at the next level. They are both very deserving of getting this opportunity.”

On the field in 2012, Gulbransen earned first team all-conference honors for the third straight season by ranking second on the team in average (.324), hits (67), triples (1), home runs (6) and RBI (33). He also led the Dolphins with 21 multiple-hit games.

Gulbransen hit .380 in A-Sun play and finished the conference schedule with a 13-game hitting streak, including multiple hits in six of the final seven contests. In the career record book, he is fifth all-time in walks (118), seventh in doubles (44) and eighth in hits (230).

As a junior, Gulbransen ranked second in average (.370), doubles (18), triples (2), RBI (52) and slugging percentage (.546). He along with Walker II received all-south region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association. Gulbransen earned three Freshman All-America accolades and was the A-Sun Freshman of the Year after batting .391 in 2010.

The Appleton, Wis. native has been even stronger in the classroom by earning three A-Sun all-academic and President’s Honor Roll accolades. He has also been named Capital One Academic All-America twice and was voted the A-Sun baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2012.

Murphy did his damage on the base paths in 2012, stealing 41 bases to rank first in the A-Sun and third nationally. He led the Dolphins with two triples and finished second in runs scored with 33.

The local native finished with at least one hit in 12 of his final 14 games, including a leadoff homer against East Tennessee State on Senior Night. Murphy also had four RBI in helping JU secure the Alexander’s 700th win at USF on March 7.

Murphy closed his JU career ranked fourth all-time in stolen bases with 78. His 41 stolen bags in 2012 are the fourth highest in a single-season.

As a junior, Murphy batted .312 (84-269) with nine doubles, five home runs and 49 RBI while being one of three Dolphins to start all 61 games. He led the team with four triples and ranked first in the A-Sun in outfield assists (12).

Off the field, he posted a 3.80 GPA in securing his degree in business management. He earned A-Sun all-academic honors all four years and was named to the Dean’s List three times. Murphy also received President’s List accolades as a junior and was voted to the A-Sun scholar-athlete team in 2012.

Murphy joins the professional ranks with his brother and former JU alumni Daniel who is currently plays for the New York Mets.

In JU program history, the Dolphins have had 102 players drafted by the professional ranks, including 51 selected since Alexander took over the program in 1991. Of the 102 players drafted, nine have reached the majors while five are currently continuing their careers at the minor league level.