Clemson RHP selected in MLB fifth round
|2018-06-05 14:38:00.0- -||
Clemson junior right-hander Ryley Gilliam was selected as the 140th overall pick in the fifth round of the MLB draft by the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Gilliam earned All-American honors with an 11-save junior campaign, going 3-3 with a 1.41 ERA. He posted 54 strikeouts to 22 walks in 38 1/3 innings.
The No. 140 pick has a slotted contract of $379,400.
Gilliam was a standout performer for Team USA last summer, not surrendering an earned run in 8 1/3 innings with a .148 opponent batting average, nine strikeouts and three saves.
He has logged 15 career saves with 120 strikeouts over three seasons.
Gilliam will have until July 15 to be signed to a pro contract.
Gilliam is a third Palmetto State university product to be selected by the Mets, joining former Gamecocks Carlos Cortes (2B) and Adam Hill (RHP).
He is a second Clemson junior to be selected in the top-150, joining first-round selection Seth Beer, who was picked by the Houston Astros No. 28 overall.
Gilliam was the first Tiger selected by the Mets since 2008 (Stephen Clyne).
#Mets just took the best relief pitcher in the entire draft, Ryley Gilliam, in the fifth round and 140th overall. Great selection in my estimation of he's what I think he is and he moves fast - maybe even getting a cup of coffee in the big leagues next year! Short but all heart..— New York Sports Guys (@NYSportsGuys5) June 5, 2018
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