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Furman RHP Jacques De Gruy Drafted By Philadelphia Phillies In 26th Round

Jacques de Gruy
Jacques de Gruy

Greenville, S.C. – Furman pitcher Jacques de Gruy has been selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 26th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, it was announced this afternoon.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander was the seventh pick of the 26th round and 772nd pick overall.

De Gruy, a native of Dallas, Texas, 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.

Over his final five starts of the regular season, de Gruy fashioned a 3-0 record and 2.33 ERA while allowing only 21 hits in 34 and 2/3 innings on the mound.  The senior hurler captured Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week honors on May 5, after tossing nine and 2/3 innings of shutout ball in a 1-0 loss to Georgia Southern.  He limited the Eagles to just four hits and struck out five batters en route to a no decision.

De Gruy is the fourth Paladin selected in the MLB Draft 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.