A's draft righty Gossett with second-round pick

A's draft righty Gossett with second-round pick

NEW YORK -- The A's stuck with collegiate players on Day 1 of the Draft, following up their first-round pick with the selection of Clemson right-hander Daniel Gossett in the second round.

Gossett, a polished arm taken with the 65th overall pick, joins 25th overall selection Matt Chapman (Cal State Fullerton) as the newest members of an A's organization that is currently lacking in starting pitching depth in the upper echelons of the Minors.

Gossett helps fill this need.

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 9:30 am PT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 10 a.m. PT.

Gossett, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound righty, was 7-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 starts for Clemson this season. He struck out 107 while issuing 30 free passes in 107 1/3 innings and was named to the All-ACC First Team.

The 21-year-old junior, rated by MLB.com as the No. 87 prospect in the Draft, posted a 23-9 record and 2.81 ERA in three seasons for the Tigers, and he's been watched closely by the A's since high school.

He was a 16th-round selection by the Red Sox in 2011.

"We like a lot about him," said scouting director Eric Kubota. "He's a proven college performer. He's got a fastball that's from 92 to 94. He throws strikes. He's got the makings of an out-pitch breaking ball and a very good changeup. He's a very athletic kid."

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