Former Gilman star, one of the nation’s top power hitters, goes in the 2nd round


The Major League Baseball Draft got underway Monday night and former Gilman School slugger Gavin Sheets, son of current Greyhound coach and former Baltimore Orioles star Larry Sheets, was selected in the second round by the Chicago White Sox.

Sheets, a 6-foot-5 first baseman, who hits and throws left-handed, has hit 20 home runs this spring as a junior at Wake Forest. He has also driven in 81 runs in 2017 and has produced a slash line of .317/.418/.626. This season Sheets has also been named 3rd-Team All-American and 1st-Team All-ACC.

“Gavin has worked incredibly hard to become an outstanding left-handed power threat and a good defender at first base,” said Wake Forest coach Tom Walter. “One of our captains, Gavin is the guy you want hitting with the game on the line. He hits the ball to all fields and has great power potential.”

In three years with the Demon Deacons, Sheets has hit 32 home runs and stroked 28 doubles, while producing 149 RBI. He has a career batting average of .306 and has scored 107 runs. In 2016, he was a third-team All-ACC selection.

This is the second time Sheets has been drafted. Coming out of Gilman he was selected in the 37th round by the Atlanta Braves. He was a four-year starter and a two-year team captain at Gilman. He left as the school’s all-time leader in hits, doubles and RBI’s.

In a NCAA Tournament Super Regional game started on Sunday and completed on Monday, Sheets went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI’s to help Wake Forest defeat Florida, 8-6, in 11 innings to stay alive in the event. The Demon Deacons’ season, however, came to a close when they dropped a 3-0 decision to Florida in the winner-take-all final, later on Monday, as the Gators advanced to the College World Series. In what was likely his final college game, Sheets hit a double.

Other candidates to be potentially selected in this year’s draft are former Mount St. Joseph product Peter Solomon, a junior right-handed pitcher at Notre Dame, former Archbishop Curley slugger Marty Costes, a junior outfielder at Maryland, Jeremy Arocho, a senior shortstop at Old Mill, and former St. Paul’s School standout Jamal Wade, a junior outfielder at Maryland.