Daniel Gossett had as short a wait as any Tiger pitcher recently in hearing his named called in the MLB draft.
Late Thursday night, the Lyman native was selected No. 65 overall in the second round by the Oakland A’s – the highest Clemson pitcher picked since 2007 (Daniel Moskos, No. 4 overall, Pittsburgh Pirates).
Gossett posted the lowest ERA for a Tiger starter since 1978 this season (1.93), going 7-2.
"I am truly blessed and honored to have been selected to the Athletics organization," the Byrnes product tweeted early Friday morning. "Thank you everyone for all the support!"
The junior righty went 23-9 with three shutouts over his Clemson career. If he does sign with the A’s, he will finish in the top-10 in Tiger history in strikeouts (285), innings pitched (282.2), shutouts, strikeouts per nine innings (9.07), hits per nine (6.94) and wins.
Also off the board early was infielder signee Michael Chavis (Marietta, Georgia) at pick 26 to the Boston Red Sox. Fellow top-100 prospect and right-handed pitcher Austin DeCarr was not picked on day one.
Last season, Clemson's one and only player selected came in the third pick of the 19th round (Scott Firth). Senior closer Matt Campbell (0.84 2014 ERA/19 career saves) figures to be next off the board, possibly as early as Friday's rounds three through 10. The draft concludes with rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday.