June 5, 2012

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif, -- TMC’s ace pitcher Charlie Gillies was drafted in the tenth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, Tuesday by the Detroit Tigers. Gillies was the 334th overall pick in this year’s MLB draft.

The 6-2, 195-pound senior from Castaic, CA, went 8-6 with a 2.17 ERA and notched 118 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings during the 2012 campaign, leading the GSAC in both categories.

In his final season as a Mustang, Gillies was named the NCCAA Pitcher of the Year, GSAC Pitcher of the Year, selected as first-team All-GSAC, and earned a spot on both the first-team 2012 All-American squad and the NCCAA All-West Region Baseball Team.

To say that 16th-year TMC head coach Monte Brooks is proud of Gillies and his potential for a future major league career would be an understatement.

“I’m honored to have been able to coach a player like Charlie” said Brooks. “We really believe he’s going to do well. It’s been an exciting day for TMC’s baseball program and, specifically, for Charlie Gillies. We are just thrilled for the opportunity he’s going to have to play at the next level. The Lord has really gifted him, but more importantly it’s going to be exciting to watch him use his talents with his outstanding work ethic, zeal, and evident love for the Lord.”

gillies2.jpg“It’s a huge honor and a huge blessing,” said Gillies on his MLB selection.“I’ve been through a lot in my baseball career and it’s really cool to see where the Lord has taken me, and it’s exciting to see that all the hard work has paid off.”

Gillies will be eagerly awaiting his assignment in the Tigers' minor league organization.

Gillies' signing now lifts to 33 the number of Mustang baseball players who have signed professional contracts over the years.

To view an entire list of the 2012 MLB selections, click here.