FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009
Jeremy Gillan named ABCA/Rawlings first team all-South Region
After being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 17th round, senior catcher Jeremy Gillan can add one last accolade to his collegiate career as he was named American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings first team all-South Region.
Gillan became 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. He adds his most recent accolade after being named third team all-Ping!Baseball, 2009 preaseason all-conference, first team all-conference, all-tournament and all-Gainesville Regional for his play on the field.
“It’s nice for Jeremy to get one last honor to pay tribute to his college career,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “He has been our top player at the plate for the last two years and I look forward to him continuing this success as a professional.”
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.