RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Baseball's Connor Gillispie was selected in the ninth round of the 2019 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles with the 258th overall pick.
Gillispie, a junior, became the Rams highest draft pick since Scott Sizemore was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 2006 MLB draft, and the first Ram taken in the top nine rounds since the Rangers took Jared Bolden in the ninth round of the 2008 MLB draft.
"We are so happy for Connor and his family," VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler stated. "He has really turned himself into an outstanding young pitcher over the years. The Orioles got themselves a big time competitor who will represent their organizations well."
Gillispie holds the fifth-lowest ERA in school history at 2.82 and ranks sixth on the all-time career strikeout list with 253 Ks. His 45 career starts also ranks eighth all-time for the program.
Gillispie turned in an outstanding year on the mound as he led the team in starts with 20, tying a VCU single-season record. His 2.50 ERA stood as the third lowest mark on the team, surrendering just 24 runs in 86.1 innings pitched. He did this while holding his opponents to a mere .189 batting average when he was on the mound, earning credit for five wins along the way. The talented righty also struck out a staggering 118 batters in his 20 appearances, ranking fourth on VCU's All-Time Single Season Strikeout list.
Gillispie helped the Rams to a 39-19 overall record and the Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season title. VCU's 19-5 record in conference play was the best mark in the A-10 and earned the team the No. 1 seed heading in the conference tournament. Gillispie started the opening game of the tournament for the Rams, striking out 10 batters in six innings and giving up just one earned run.
A native of Earlysville, Virginia, Gillispie will now head to Baltimore as the newest member of the Baltimore Orioles franchise.
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