MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
Gillan and Andrew sign major-league contracts
After being selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last week in the 2009 MLB First-Year Draft, senior catcher Jeremy Gillan and junior pitcher Carson Andrew have each signed a contract and will report in Arizona on June 16.
“I’m happy these guys are getting the opportunity to continue their careers,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “It’s unique to have two players drafted by the same organization, but playing together will help make the transition to the next level easier.”
Gillan will participate in a two week mini-camp before being assigned to either the AZL Angels (Rookie) of the Arizona League in Mesa, Arizona or the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Low A) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Andrew, who will forgo his senior season at JU, will also report to the mini-camp before being assigned to the Orem Owlz (Rookie) of the Pioneer League in Orem, Utah.
“I have finally accomplished my life-long goal and I’m ready to prove myself in professional baseball,” said Gillan. “It’s even more exciting that I get to start this new journey with one of my college teammates.”
The duo will join former Dolphins Pete Clifford of the Mobile BayBears (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Neal Frontz of the Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays) in the minor leagues this summer. Former JU alumnus Daniel Murphy is currently in his second season with the New York Mets.