SECAUCUS, N.J. – For the tenth consecutive year, a member of the Jacksonville University baseball team was selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) June Amateur Draft.
Junior pitcher Chris Gau heard his name called in the 14th round of the 2018 edition of the event, when he was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 420th overall selection.
Gau becomes the 86th draft pick in Jacksonville history, and the second pitcher from the team to be selected in as many years, after Michael Baumann was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of last year's draft.
The right-hander is the third player drafted by the Rays in the program's history, and the highest to-date. The Tampa Bay. Fla. Based franchise also selected RHP Neal Frontz in 2005 in the 24th round, and RHP Chris Kelly in 2004 in the 46th round. The American League East Division competitor also signed a pair of undrafted Dolphins, inking C Alex Jamieson and RHP Brett Nagy in 2005.
A Second-Team All-ASUN selection, Gau concluded the 2018 season with a 9-3 record, throwing 111.2 innings in 16 appearances on the mound as the Dolphins' Friday night starter. Holding an ERA of 2.58, he struck out 95 batters and registered 13 quality starts, last seven or more innings in 12. A two-way player, the junior also made 35 appearances as a designated hitter or pinch-hitter, batting .171 with six hits and 3 RBI.
A graduate of Jacksonville's University Christian High School, Gau wrapped up his third year with the program sporting a 3.56 career ERA and 191 strikeouts. A member of the 2017 ASUN All-Tournament Team, he struck out 14 batters in 14 innings over two starts, helping the team to advance to the Conference Championship Final.