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06-11-2016, 09:18 PM
Four More Zags Selected on Final Day of Draft

Record six Bulldogs picked over 40 rounds


June 11, 2016


2016 MLB Draft Results (http://m.mlb.com/draft/tracker/#!ft=round&fv=1) | Draft Day Two Recap

(http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/061016aaa.html)SECAUCAS, N.J.—After one of the most successful years in program history, the Gonzaga baseball program saw tremendous success in the MLB First Year Player Draft as four more Bulldogs were selected on the third and final day Saturday.

Junior right-hander Wyatt Mills was the first Bulldog selected during day three of the draft, going in the 17th round and 510th overall pick to Tampa Bay. Mills served as the Zags’ closer in 2016, posting seven saves and a 2.65 ERA in 22 appearances. The Spokane native led the GU bullpen with 38 strikeouts and was third in innings pitched. He saved five consecutive games between April 16 and April 29 and ended the year ranked second in the West Coast Conference in the category.

Two rounds later, Taylor Jones was selected 577th overall by the Houston Astros. Gonzaga’s everyday first baseman, the senior tied the program record with 27 doubles in 2016, currently second-most in the country. Jones finished second on the team with a .332 batting average and third with a .509 slugging mark while leading the everyday starters in fielding at .992. The Kent, Wash., native also earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

Another junior right-hander was selected in round 23 as the Miami Marlins selected Hunter Wells at 683rd overall. Wells took over as the Zags’ Sunday starter, making 10 starts and 17 appearances on the year. He posted a 3-4 record with a 4.97 ERA, striking out 78 batters in 76.0 innings of work. His final start of 2016 was one of his strongest, setting career highs with nine strikeouts in eight innings while holding Arizona State to four runs – three earned – during the Zags’ final game at the NCAA Regionals.

Sophomore Gage Burland was the fourth GU pitcher selected when he went in round 26, 788th overall, to the New York Yankees. The native of Otis Orchards, Wash., set career highs with four games started, 20.2 innings pitched, and 28 strikeouts during the 2016 season. At Washington March 28, he tossed a career-high 4.0 innings, striking out five batters to tie another career mark. In April, he earned his first start in WCC play, fanning four batters in three innings against Santa Clara.

Overall, six Zags were selected in the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft with Brandon Bailey and Joey Harris being selected during day two June 10. Six draftees are the most in program history, eclipsing the old record of five. That was set first in 1974 and repeated in 1980 and 2009.

Gonzaga’s six draftees also led the WCC. Both Pacific and Saint Mary’s saw four players selected.

Adding to the Bulldogs’ successful draft, incoming freshman Casey Legumina from Chandler, Ariz., was selected in the 25th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Legumina is part of the Zags’ Fall 2015 signing class.

Mills, Jones, Wells, and Burland helped lead the Bulldogs to a 36-21 record and their first-ever at-large berth to the NCAA Baseball Championships this season. Gonzaga also earned a share of the WCC title, its third since 2009, with an 18-9 mark in conference play.

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