For the third season in a row, a member of the Jacksonville State baseball program has been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft as senior Nic Gaddis was selected in the 16th round by the New York Mets.
In 2017, former Gamecock Justin Hoyt was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers (25th), while Derrick Adams and Clayton Daniel were drafted after the 2018 season. Adams joined the Kansas City Royals (25th) organization, while Daniel was selected by the Chicago Cubs (31st). Gaddis becomes the first Gamecock taken by the New York Mets organization. It also marks JSU's highest draft pick since former JSU standout Coty Blanchard was taken in the 15th round by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. Gaddis is the 21st player drafted by a MLB club under head coach Jim Case.
Gaddis, from Trenton, Georgia, helped the Gamecocks to a historic season in 2019 with the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference regular season title and the league's tournament championship. JSU also picked up its first NCAA Division I Regional win this past weekend in the 2019 NCAA Oxford Regional. Jax State topped Illinois and Clemson to reach the regional championship.
He platooned at catcher and third base for most of his career. He finished with a plus-.300 career batting average and 29 career home runs, which ranks 14th on JSU's career home run list. Gaddis capped his career with 192 hits, including 42 doubles and four triples. He played in 172 games and started 166 of those games. He lived up to the preseason billing of a 2019 Second Team Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American selection as JSU's top hitter throughout the season. He finished with a .330 average at the plate, highlighted by 14 home runs in 2019, the most by a Gamecock since Jason Nunn in 2000. Gaddis was named to the 2019 All-OVC First Team.
Gaddis was the second of three players from the OVC taken off the draft board through the first 17 rounds. Eastern Kentucky's Aaron Ochsenbein was picked by Dodgers in the sixth round on Tuesday. Eastern Illinois' Michael YaSenka was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information: www.jsugamecocksports.com)