NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The final 2014 statline for Clemson right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett: 7-2, 1.93 ERA, .202 opposing batting average, 30 BB and 107 K in 107.1 innings spread over 15 starts.
In the Clemson record book, which annually tracks the top three pitchers in terms of total starts, Gossett recorded the school's first sub-2.00 ERA since Mike Sullivan (1.98) in 1979 - a 35-year span.
The 107 strikeouts are the most for a Clemson hurler since Kris Benson punched out 204 batters in 1996.
Gossett was named last week to the Collegiate Baseball All-America second team, becoming Clemson's first All-American pitcher since Josh Cribb in 2006. The Tigers' lone all-ACC first-teamer in 2014, he's also one of 21 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, up for the nation's top player.
Gossett was a 16th-round selection by the Boston Red Sox in 2011; three years later, the junior will certainly be drafted much higher, perhaps as high as the first two rounds (74 picks) in Thursday's MLB First-Year Player Draft. The third through tenth rounds are Friday, and rounds 11-40 go Saturday.
MLB.com ranks the 6-1, 185-pound Gossett with a low-90s fastball as the No. 87 draft prospect, and he checks in on Baseball America at No. 91. MLB.com writes "He does a good job of commanding his heater, which is crucial because it's fairly straight. His best offering is a hard slider, and his changeup gives him a reliable third pitch. Scouts wonder if he'll hold up as a starter in pro ball. . If he has to move to his bullpen, both his fastball and slider could become plus pitches in shorter stints."
To finish the spring Saturday, Gossett threw six innings allowing three runs to Xavier, a weak start by his standards.
Predictably, Gossett didn't have much to share about his future plans in the immediate aftermath of Clemson's season ending, with a 6-4 loss to the Musketeers excusing the Tigers from the Nashville NCAA Regional.
"Honestly, I'm not even thinking about that right now," Gossett said. "The things going through my mind are seeing these seniors and how much the team's meant to them. They've been great leaders, great people - it's hard to watch something that dear to someone is gone, just like that."
If and when Gossett is selected, he'll be Clemson's first pure pitcher taken in the first nine rounds since Chris Dwyer was a Royals fourth-rounder in 2009. Lefty Daniel Moskos went fourth overall to the Pirates in 2007.
For his Clemson three-year career - if it is indeed over - Gossett totaled a 23-9 record and 2.80 ERA with 107 walks against 285 strikeouts.
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