With the 938th overall selection in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, the Oakland Athletics selected Boston College right-handed pitcher John Gorman. He becomes the second Eagle selected after Chris Shaw went 31st overall, marking the first time two Boston College players received the all-important phone call since 2012.
Gorman went 5-4 this season with a 4.44 ERA, throwing 77 innings while striking out 77 and walking 28. He held opponents to a .270 batting average while starting all but one of his 14 appearances.
A true homegrown product, the Norwood, Massachusetts native matriculated to Boston College from Catholic Memorial High School, where he was named Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. After his senior year in 2011, he was drafted in the 50th round by the Boston Red Sox. He was the Catholic Conference MVP during both his junior and senior seasons, the latter of which he went 6-2 with a 0.24 ERA and 80 strikeouts.
At BC, he quickly established himself as a mainstay on the Eagles' staff, appearing in 71 games. He appeared in 22 games, all out of the bullpen, during his freshman year, throwing 40.2 innings with a 3.76 ERA. His production dipped in the '13 season, when he started five games and went 3-4 with a 6.85 ERA, but he returned to form by starting all but one of his 15 games last year, throwing 74.2 innings with a 3.86 ERA.
Last summer, Gorman established himself as a potential relief pitcher, saving four games with the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He saved six games for Boston College, tied for sixth on the Eagles' all-time list.
Gorman becomes the second Eagle selected in the MLB Draft; this is the first time since 2012 that multiple Eagles were selected by MLB parent clubs. In that 2012 draft, St. Louis drafted Anthony Melchionda in the 14th round and seattle drafted Matt Brazis in the 28th round. That came a year after four Eagles were drafted in the 2011 draft. After a sharp decline to zero in 2013, Andrew Chin went in the 15th round in the '14 draft, the lone selection.
Gorman joins Chris Shaw as the only two BC Eagles chosen so far in the MLB Draft. As a graduating senior, he will likely sign when Oakland offers him a contract.
Congratulations to John and best of luck as he begins his professional career!