It is no secret that, thanks to trades, injuries and recent promotions, the Oakland A's farm system is currently thin in the middle and upper levels in starting pitching. They filled some of that need with their second overall pick in the 2014 draft, Clemson right-hander Daniel Gossett.
Gossett is a polished collegiate right-hander who excelled in the difficult ACC this season. In 15 starts for the Tigers this season, Gossett posted a 1.93 ERA with a 107:30 K:BB in 107.1 innings pitched. He allowed just four homeruns and gave up only 78 hits.
The 2014 season was a big one for Gossett, according to Scout.com's National Baseball Analyst Kiley McDaniel.
"Gossett was solid but unspectacular from a scouting perspective as a sophomore, with three average to above pitches and fringy command," McDaniel said. "He took a step forward this year as his velo jumped a bit, sitting 92-94 and hitting 96 and 97 late in some games this spring. Gossett's off-speed pitches played up a bit as a result and he's got a chance to be a 3/4 starter, with late-inning reliever as a backup option."
McDaniel ranked Gossett as the 61st-best overall prospect heading into this year's draft. He was taken with the 65th pick. Gossett isn't particularly big (6'1'', 185), but the A's have historically done well with smaller right-handed starters who throw hard and with sink.
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