Gonzaga ace Gabriel Hughes is expected to be picked on day one of the MLB draft, which begins July 17.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga ace Gabriel Hughes is expected to pick up on day one of the MLB draft, which begins Sunday afternoon.
Mock drafts hit Hughes between late first round and early second round.
MLB.com’s Jim Callis took Hughes to the Cleveland Guardians 37th overall with an extra first-round pick. There are rumors that he could rise to 20th place in the Atlanta Braves.
This comes after a season in which Hughes established himself as a major league top player, hurling 98 innings for the Bulldogs with a 3.21 ERA. He also ranked 9th in the country with 138 strikeouts.
As expected, Hughes is hoping to hear his name in the first round.
“I mean, I hope so. You know, I just want to go to a team that likes me as a pitcher, as a player, and as a person,” Hughes said. “I really hope to get everywhere. I just want to keep playing baseball.”
With the draft just days away, Hughes admitted he’s been eagerly awaiting the big day.
“You know, I’ve been trying not to think about it as much as possible because if I did, I would just be overwhelmed by what’s happening this weekend,” Hughes said. “I’m excited, I’m nervous, but I’ve worked my whole life for this, so I’m ready to take the next step.”
Hughes isn’t the only Gonzaga pitcher expected to be drafted.
Trystan Vrieling and William Kempner will probably also be given their names. Vrieling and Kempner are expected to go in the later rounds.
We’ll be covering the Major League Baseball Draft in the KREM 2 News starting Sunday.
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https://www.king5.com/article/sports/gonzaga-gabriel-hughes-mlb-draft/293-611dc337-b1cc-46d5-afdd-4f7663bc6993 Gonzaga pitcher Gabriel Hughes anxiously awaits MLB Draft