SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Baltimore Orioles have selected LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman with the 4th overall pick of the MLB Draft.
Gausman, 21, was the first pitcher off the board and the highest Tiger to be selected in the draft since Ben McDonald was taken first overall in the 1989 draft.
Named among the "Big Three" college pitchers available in the draft, along with Stanford's Mark Appel and University of San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer, Gausman has served as the Tigers' ace all season.
The 6'4, 185 pound sophomore out of Centennial, Colorado has an 11-1 record and a 2.72 ERA in 115 2/3 innings. He has struck out 128 while walking only 27.
Scouts say Gausman has outstanding velocity on his fastball and three plus pitches, but his command with his offspeed pitches will be a must for him to work on at the pro level. He's projected as a number two starter with ace upside.
This was Gausman's second time through the MLB Draft. The Los Angeles Dodgers took him in the sixth round in 2010, but Gausman decided to stick with LSU instead.