GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman pitcher Will Gaddis is ranked among Baseball America's 2017 College Top 100 Draft Prospects, it was announced today.
Gaddis, a junior right-hander, is rated the 39th best college draft prospect available for the 2017 Major League Draft, scheduled for June 17. He is among six Palmetto state players to make the list and lone Southern Conference representative.
Named 2016 SoCon Pitcher of the Year in balloting by both league head coaches and media, Gaddis posted a 10-3 record and 3.45 ERA last year. The Brentwood, Tenn., product went 7-1 versus the SoCon, won eight of his final 10 starts, and was dominant at home, going 6-0 with a 1.84 ERA in seven outings. His 10 victories were the most by a Paladin pitcher since All-American Tom Mastny won 11 games in 2003.
In his final outing of the season, Gaddis twirled a complete game, four-hit shutout in a 3-0 blanking of East Tennessee State in SoCon Tournament first round action.
Gaddis worked 101.2 innings, allowing 95 hits and 39 earned runs. He only issued 20 walks while notching 92 strikeouts.
He was twice selected SoCon Pitcher of the Week and was named SoCon Pitcher of the Month for May. In June he earned Atlantic-American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Region honors.
He played summer ball with the Cape Cod League's Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, making four starts and going 2-1 with a 1.36 ERA for the eventual CCL champion squad.
Furman opens its 2017 season on Feb. 17 at home against Dayton.
The Paladins are under the direction of Brett Harker, who was named Furman's new head coach on July 6.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information