Tyler Gilbert Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 6th Round of the MLB First Year Player Draft|
June 9, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert was drafted in the sixth round of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday afternoon.
Gilbert (Felton, Calif./Santa Barbara City College) was the 174th overall pick in the draft by the Phillies, and is the first Trojan to be drafted by the Philadelphia club since Wes Rachels was taken in the 33rd round of the 1998 draft. He becomes the 11th Trojan to be drafted by the Phillies since the draft began in 1965. He is the 309th Trojan all-time to be drafted.
During the 2015 season, his one year with Troy after two seasons at Santa Barbara City College, the talented left-hander finished with a 5-2 record and a 2.79 ERA through 67.2 innings of work. His ERA was second on the squad behind reliever/closer Marc Huberman. Gilbert appeared in 22 games, starting six of those. He struck out 66 batters, the second most on the club and held opponents to a .265 batting average. The junior also tallied two saves, including a big one vs. rival UCLA in Dodger Stadium during the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.
Gilbert was also was a big player for the Trojans in postseason play, coming up with a huge strikeout in a big spot in an elimination game vs. UC Santa Barbara, tallying his second save of the year in a game that the Trojans went on to win, 12-3. He followed that up with the win in an elimination game vs. San Diego State, throwing 2.1 innings of one-hit ball as the Trojans came up with a huge 12-11 walk-off win to advance to the Regional Finals vs. Virginia.
Day three of the MLB Draft is set to begin at 9 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 10.