Logan Gilbert, a standout pitcher for Wekiva High School, became the highest pick ever out of Stetson University when the Mariners grabbed him with the 14th selection in the first round of Monday’s MLB Draft.
The 21-year-old junior went 11-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 15 starts for Stetson this year, with 157 strikeouts and 23 walks in 107 innings and was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year.
“Logan is a polished, accomplished college pitcher,” said Scott Hunter, the Mariners director of amateur scouting. “He is a strikeout pitcher who controls the zone and wins, as evidenced by his 21-1 mark over the past two years. This is a player we felt we had no chance at, coming out of the summer. We are truly excited to add this type of talent to our organization.”
Over three seasons at Stetson, the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder posted a 23-2 record with a 2.38 ERA in 51 games, including 32 starts.
Stetson is currently 47-11 on the season and ranked #11 in the nation after an 11-1 victory over Oklahoma State in the NCAA tournament regional finals. They will face North Carolina in the super regionals (final 16) with the winner of the best of three series heading to the College World Series.
Gilbert is majoring in business systems and analytics at Stetson.
The Mariners hadn’t drafted a pitcher in the first round since 2011 when they took Virginia’s Danny Hultzen with the second overall pick.