BURLINGTON, VT --- The Vermont Lake Monsters have added four players to their roster with the addition of three pitchers and one infielder taken earlier this month during the Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics, the New York-Penn League team announced today.
Joining the Lake Monsters are pitchers Daniel Gossett (2nd round from Clemson), Michael Fagen (9th round from Princeton) and Corey Miller (10th round from Pepperdine), along with infielder Jose Brizuela (16th round from Florida State).
Gossett was a first-team All-ACC selection for Jack Leggett's Clemson Tigers this spring, going 7-2 with a 1.93 ERA, 30 walks and 107 strikeouts over 107.1 innings in 15 starts. One of 21 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award (top collegiate baseball player), Gossett's 107 strikeouts were the most by a Clemson pitcher since Kris Benson back in 1986, while his 285 career strikeouts are seventh on the Tigers all-time list. Over his three seasons at Clemson, Gossett was 23-9 with a 2.80 ERA, 107 walks and the 285 strikeouts in 50 appearances (41 starts).
Fagen was a first-team All-Ivy League pick after going 4-2 with a 2.33 ERA, 18 walks and 77 strikeouts (led conference) over 58 innings in nine games started this spring. A four-year letter winner at Princeton, Fagen was just a combined 3-10 with a 10.04 ERA in his first three seasons with the Tigers before his all-conference senior season. A 45th round pick of the San Diego back in 2010 after his senior season at San Diego Jewish Academy, where he was a two-time Citrus West Player of the Year.
Miller was 9-5 with a 1.90 ERA, 33 walks and 82 strikeouts over 118.1 innings in 16 starts for Pepperdine this season, including victories in the first game of the WCC Tournament and the first game of the NCAA Regional at Cal Poly before losing the Super Regional opener 3-2 at Texas Christian in his final collegiate start. A four-year letterwinner at Pepperdine, Miller was 22-15 with a 2.72 ERA, 95 walks and 235 strikeouts over 327.2 innings. During the summer of 2013 he helped lead Orleans to the Cape Cod championship series, going 5-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 39.1 innings, after being selected in the 16th round of the 2013 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Brizuela was named the first-team All-ACC third baseman this spring after hitting .321 with 46 runs, 14 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 38 RBI in 60 games for the Seminoles. He led Florida State in hits (70), while second in average, runs and stolen bases (14). Over his three seasons at FSU, Bruzuela hit .290 (190-for-655) with 120 runs, 40 doubles, seven triples, nine homers and 120 RBI in 187 games. Was taken in 46th round of 2011 draft by the Cincinnati Reds after leading Archbishop McCarthy High School to a National TItle and being named a first-team All-American.
The four draft picks join the Lake Monsters today as Vermont gets ready to open a six-game homestand against the Lowell Spinners at historic Centennial Field. The Lake Monsters will host the Spinners Friday, Saturday and Sunday before a three-game series against the Tri-City ValleyCats Monday thru Wednesday.
Courtesy: Vermont Lake Monsters