Furman RHP Tyler Wood Drafted By San Diego Padres; Paladin Signee Will Gaddis Picked By New York Yankees
Greenville, S.C. – Furman senior Tyler Wood has been selected by the San Diego Padres in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, and Paladin signee Will Gaddis has been tabbed by the New Yankees in the 36th round, it was announced on Saturday evening.
Wood, the 12th pick of the 37th round and 1,107th overall selection, went 5-2 with a 4.73 earned run average in 18 appearances for the Paladins in 2014. The St. Louis, Mo., native propelled the Paladins into the semifinal round of last month's Southern Conference Tournament by tossing eight and 2/3 innings of two-hit ball without allowing an earned run in Furman's 3-1 victory over Appalachian State.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander, who fanned 55 batters and walked 19 in 66 and 1/3 innings of work as a senior, held SoCon regular season champion Western Carolina to only one run on seven hits in eight innings during a 6-1, series clinching victory over the Catamounts in Cullowhee, N.C., on April 13.
Gaddis, a 6-foot-1 right-hander from Brentwood High School, was taken by the Yankees in the 36th round with the 1,082nd overall pick. The prep senior led his team to a Region 6-AAA championship this spring and tossed a 1-0 shutout against Clarksville in the AAA sectionals to send Brentwood to the state playoffs.
Earlier on Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies selected Furman right-hander Jacques de Gruy with the seventh pick of the 26th round. A native of Dallas, Texas, de Gruy posted a 4-4 record and 5.61 earned run average in 19 appearances, including 10 starts, for the Paladins during the 2014 season. He limited opponents to just 66 hits in 69 innings of work while fanning 66 batters and walking 31. He held the opposition to a .254 batting average.
With the selection of de Gruy, Wood and Gaddis in the MLB Draft today, six players with Furman ties have been drafted in the last two seasons. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim picked Paladin standouts Nate Smith (LHP), Ben Carlson (RHP) and Taylor Johnson (OF) in last year's draft.