Goose talks second round selection

Daniel Gossett will go down in Clemson baseball lore as one of the best pitchers to take the mound for the Tigers.

Just before midnight on Thursday, Gossett was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the second-round of the Major League Baseball Draft with the 65th overall pick.

Just a few spots ahead of the A's turn on the clock, the organization notified Gossett that they intended to select him.

"It was awesome. You get that one call and you never know if you're actually going to be picked. You have to actually wait until your name pops up," Gossett said. "To see my name pop up was a surge, a rush of emotion. I can't even begin to describe how I felt."

He added, "I hugged my mom and dad, thanked them for everything they've done. It was kind of unreal. It was -- I honestly can't explain it. It's a feeling I can only wish that other people could feel. It's ridiculous."

A graduate of Byrnes High School, Gossett was drafted in the 16th round by the Red Sox after his senior year. Instead, he opted to put off his pro career and attend Clemson.

Gossett pitched almost 283 innings over 50 appearances [41 starts] during his three seasons in Tigertown. He went 23-9, recorded two saves and tossed three shutouts while accumulating 2.80 ERA. Gossett also finished with 285 career strikeouts.

Now, he's expected to take his talents to one of the most respected organizations in all of baseball.

"I know their farm system is kind of all over the map, in terms of location, but all I've heard over the past couple of days is they've been filling out good pitching for the past 10 years, so that just looks like another blessing that I get to be a part of a farm system and organization that's just wheeling out good pitching, so I hope I can take advantage of that," Gossett said.

He certainly feels like a more complete pitcher than he was back when the Red Sox drafted him back in 2011.

"I think the biggest thing is just being able to control the ball down in the zone," Gossett said, "Because in high school it was just throw it as hard as you can and see what happens. That was good enough for high school ball, then you get up here and it's a new caliber of hitters. You have to be down in the zone.

"Then, on top of that, I learned how to do that, last year, I threw in the change-up. The change-up is the great equalizer. You can see a lot of pitchers do a lot of damage at the next level using the change-up. Throwing that into the arsenal helped me out a lot as well."

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