Clemson RHP projected among fastest to make Majors


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Gilliam is a reliever prospect who could make a quick move up to the majors.
Gilliam is a reliever prospect who could make a quick move up to the majors.

Clemson junior right-handed pitcher Ryley Gilliam was tabbed among five 2018 MLB draftees to make the Major League level the fastest by MLB.com.

"Another reliever who dominated college hitters this spring, Gilliam is a small guy with a quick arm that produces one of the better curveballs in this Draft," MLB.com's Jim Callis writes, "not to mention 91-96 mph fastballs. The Clemson product has an up-tempo delivery with some funkiness that adds deception, though it also can hamper his command at times."

Gilliam was selected with the 140th overall pick in the fifth round by the New York Mets on Tuesday. He earned All-American honors last season at Clemson with 11 saves and a 1.41 ERA.

For Team USA last summer, Gilliam didn't surrender an earned run in 8 1/3 innings with a .148 opponent batting average, nine strikeouts and three saves.



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