Daniel Gossett goes day one, selected by A's

Clemson's NCAA Regional Tournament game against Xavier at Vanderbilt University's Hawkins Field  in Nashville - Daniel Gossett

Clemson's NCAA Regional Tournament game against Xavier at Vanderbilt University's Hawkins Field in Nashville - Daniel Gossett

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.

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fasttiger44#293363 writes:

He should stay for his senior season. If he has been poor his entire life one more year won't make any difference. He will get more money and get drafted higher next year provided he doesn't lose his mind or his arm falls off.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

He should stay for his senior season. If he has been poor his entire life one more year won't make any difference. He will get more money and get drafted higher next year provided he doesn't lose his mind or his arm falls off.

MLB Draft is a different animal than the NFL draft. Seniors are very rarely drafted very high because of the influx of HS prospects. As a college player, you use your leverage of eligibility left for your max deal. No. 65 overall is outstanding after being a 16th round pick out of HS and it's hard to improve on the best ERA in 36 years at Clemson.

BrandonRink writes:

Just a case in point, only one college senior was drafted in the first 74 picks on day one: Maryland's Jake Stinnett, No. 45 overall. He was picked in the 29th round of last year's draft so he had much more to prove by coming back.

TigerNE writes:

Losing Chavis is probably just as bad or worse than losing Gossett. We got some great games from Goose already.

Since DeCarr is still unpicked, is it safe to assume we will probably see him in Kingsmore for at least one season? He could certainly make up for some losses especially with his fast ball ability.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Losing Chavis is probably just as bad or worse than losing Gossett. We got some great games from Goose already.

Since DeCarr is still unpicked, is it safe to assume we will probably see him in Kingsmore for at least one season? He could certainly make up for some losses especially with his fast ball ability.

I would imagine he has a number in mind and MLB clubs know that in picking him. He's rated right around where today's draft picks start so we'll know early most likely where he's headed. But if he doesn't go pro, he's locked in at Clemson until his junior year like Gossett.

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