If you aren’t familiar with Stetson’s Logan Gilbert, it’s time that you became familiar for a couple of reasons.
For one, he’s an incredibly productive pitcher for the Hatters and has been since his freshman season of 2016.
As a freshman, he appeared in 21 games, with five of those coming in starts. In 49.1 innings, he had a 2.74 ERA to go along with 43 strikeouts and a .246 opponent batting average. He showed that he could clearly be a dominant arm, but with 27 walks, he also showed that he was still working on command, as many young pitchers are.
In 2017, as the tall righty moved into a role in the weekend rotation, he blossomed into a complete pitcher. In 15 appearances, 12 of which were starts, he threw 89 innings. He had a 2.02 ERA, a 107/26 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and a .202 opponent batting average. Not only did he become more dominant, but he also showed much improved command, walking one fewer batter in nearly 40 more innings than the season prior.
Beyond that, and more notable for ardent draft followers out there, Gilbert is considered to be among the best prospects available for the 2018 MLB Draft. In fact, recently, in their ranking of the top 100 prospects for the upcoming draft, D1Baseball.com placed Gilbert third, behind only prep right-hander Ethan Hankins and Mississippi’s Ryan Rolison.
With fellow starters Jack Perkins and Brooks Wilson back as well, Stetson should be in good shape to compete at the top of the Atlantic Sun in 2018, but even if they don’t, seeing Gilbert on Friday nights will be worth the price of admission alone.