WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009
Gillan and Andrew selected in second day of the 2009 MLB Draft
The Los Angeles Angels apparently liked what they saw out of JU baseball this season as the franchise selected senior catcher Jeremy Gillan in the 17th round (531st overall pick) and junior pitcher Carson Andrew in the 28th round (861st overall pick) of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
Gillan becomes the first Dolphin to be taken before the 20th round since Daniel Murphy was selected in the 13th round by the New York Mets in 2006. Gillan and Andrew become the first Dolphin duo to be taken before the 30th round since Bobby Bowman (19th round) and Chad Hauseman (24th round) in 2003.
“We are always proud to have players from our program selected in the draft,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “This is a very exiting time for these guys as they negotiate with a very good organization in the Angels. I hope everything works out for them the way they want in the next few days.”
Gillan, who recently earned third team all-Ping!Baseball honors, was named 2009 preaseason all-conference, first team all-conference, all-tournament and all-Gainesville Regional for his play on the field.
The Port St. Lucie, Fla. native finished his final season with team highs in batting average (.400), doubles (21), RBI (62), total bases (144), slugging percentage (.670) and on-base percentage (.485). He also became the first JU player to finish the year hitting .400 since Chad Hauseman accomplished the feat in 2003.
A second team all-conference honoree as a junior, Gillan led the Dolphins in hits (83), doubles (10), home runs (9), RBI (60), total bases (120), slugging percentage (.545), sacrifice flies (6), multi-hit games (27), multi-RBI games (16) and fielding percentage (.987) after transferring from Indian River Community College. He finished with a season-high 13-game hitting streak and ended the year with an 11-game streak still in tact, tallied a team-high four hits at Georgia Southern, drove in a team-high six RBI at North Florida and connected on two home runs in his final game against Kennesaw State.
Academically, he garnered 2009 ESPN the Magazine First Team All-America honors after posting a 3.74 GPA as an exercise science major. Gillan has also garnered A-Sun all-academic and Dean’s List honors in his two seasons with the program.
Andrew ended his junior season as one of the top starters for the Dolphins by finishing with a team-best 6-4 record while ranking second on the squad with 61.1 innings and 62 strikeouts. Along with a 4.55 ERA, Andrew notched a save out of the bullpen while holding opponents to a .282 batting average. He also was named A-Sun “Pitcher of the Week” on March 2 after allowing only one run on five hits while striking out six in five innings against No. 25 Michigan.
During the summer of 2008, Andrew helped lead the Santa Barbara Foresters to a 33-16 overall record and a league-best 19-11 mark in the California Collegiate League to win their 15th conference title. As the ace of the staff, Andrew went 4-0 with a 0.77 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 47 innings en route to CCL “Pitcher of the Year” honors.
As a sophomore, he complete his first full season after fully recovering from Tommy John surgery and tied the team lead with a 5-3 mark while tallying a team-best 60 strikeouts and a .272 opponent batting average. As a freshman, Andrew was brought on slow following surgery but ended the year by earning A-Sun all-tournament honors as JU reached the NCAA Regionals in 2007.
In JU program history, 96 players have been drafted by the professional ranks, including 41 players who have been selected since Alexander took over the program in 1991. Of the 96 players drafted, eight have reached the majors while four are currently continuing their careers at the minor league level.