Zags’ ace named to All-American list
Gonzaga Bulldogs Gabriel Hughes (45) in action against the Oregon State Beavers during an NCAA baseball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 in Surprise, Ariz.
AP Photo/Jennifer Stewart
Herald Sports Staff | June 27, 2022 4:55 PM
SPOKANE - Right-handed pitcher Gabriel Hughes was named to the D1Baseball.com All-American list on Friday, earning a nod on the second team.
Hughes also earned spots on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as a second-team All-American, a first-team spot on the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper list and on the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings list as a first-team member of the All-West region.
The D1Baseball.com award is Hughes’ third All-American award from this season, where he finished with an 8-3 record, 3.21 ERA, 138 strikeouts, 37 walks and a .209 OBA in 98 innings pitched. His 138 strikeouts were the ninth most in the nation and the most on the Gonzaga pitching staff.
His three West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week awards were the most of any pitcher in the conference, and he was also named the NCBWA Pitcher of the Week in mid-March. Hughes was named as a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur player regardless of the division they play in.
Hughes is expected to be a first-round pick in July’s MLB Draft, mocked to go as high as No. 13 by ESPN. He checks in at No. 26 in D1Baseball.com’s rankings of draft-eligible prospects.