Gilman School graduate Gavin Sheets, who has made a quick rise through the Chicago White Sox organization, made his Major League debut on Tuesday night and celebrated with a pair of hits, two RBI and a run scored in the White Sox’s 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Sheets, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, started in right field and singled to left in his first big league at bat. In the third inning he collected his first RBI with a fielder’s choice grounder and then drove in a second run with a bloop double. The left-handed slugger made his mark in high school, college and the minors as a first-baseman, but has learned to play the outfield to create a faster path to the Big Leagues.
Sheets was selected in the 2nd round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of Wake Forest after hitting 20 home runs and driving in 81 runs as a junior, earning 1st-Team All-ACC and 3rd-Team All-American honors. He hit 32 home runs in his three-year Wake Forest career. Sheets was also drafted in 2014, in the 37th round by the Atlanta Braves, upon his graduation from Gilman, where he was a four-year varsity starter and the school’s all-time leader in hits, doubles and RBI.
Earlier this year, VSN named Sheets our No. 1 1B/DH of the Decade. Sheets played his high school baseball for his father Larry, Gilman’s head coach and a former Major League star with the Baltimore Orioles.