Gosling Signs Pro Contract With Arizona Diamondbacks Organization
Aug. 1, 2001
Phoenix, Ariz. - Left-handed pitcher Mike Gosling (Salt Lake City, UT/East HS) signed a professional baseball contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced late Wednesday. Gosling was a second round selection of the Diamondbacks in the First-Year Player Draft this past June and the highest Stanford player picked in the 2001 draft.
'I had a wonderful time in my three years at Stanford,' said Gosling. 'Going to college as opposed to signing out of high school was one of the best decisions I ever made. Playing in three straight College World Series and getting the education that you get at Stanford is just a tremendous experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But, the Arizona Diamondbacks gave me a great opportunity to sign with them and treated me real well, so I'm excited to begin my professional career with them. I will always remember my Stanford Baseball years very fondly.'
Gosling was 7-3 with a 3.94 earned run average in 17 games as a junior at Stanford during the 2001 collegiate season, striking out 77 batters in 82.1 innings. He earned the starting nod for the Cardinal in the College World Series championship game versus Miami. Gosling was 7-0 with a 2.78 ERA and a pair of complete games in eight Pac-10 starts, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive year. He was also selected honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a sophomore after posting a 2-2 record and a 4.19 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 58.0 innings pitched (12.26 strikeouts per nine innings).
Gosling finishes his Stanford career with an overall record of 10-7 and a 4.40 ERA in three seasons. He also struck out 196 batters in 178.0 innings to rank fourth all-time on Stanford's strikeout per nine inning list (9.91). Gosling added three career saves, all coming in his sophomore season.
''Obviously, we were ecstatic to get him in the second round,'' said D-Backs' manager Bob Brenly. ''I think that was the result of some real hard work by Mike Rizzo (Diamondbacks Director of Scouting) and his guys being able to take that gamble and have it work out the way it did. All reports are that this guy is a real comer. He shouldn't be too long in the minor leagues before he's able to make contributions up here.''
''He's going to be in the rotation with a pitch limit and be piggybacked by one of our current starters,'' Rizzo said, 'But, he will definitely pitch every five days.'
Gosling is expected to begin his professional career with Double-A El Paso next Tuesday.Gosling said he's been throwing during his layoff after the collegiate season ended in mid-June and keeping the rest of his body in game shape.
''I don't think it will take too long to get me ready,'' he said.
Gosling said the prospect of returning to Stanford for his senior season weighed in his decision.
''The Diamondbacks treated me real well the whole time,'' he said. ''Right from the day of the draft, I had a good feeling I was going to get something done. Going back to school was an option and certainly not a bad option. Stanford's a great place, but all along I wanted to get something done, so it was an easy decision at the end.''
He becomes the third Stanford player from the 2001 College World Series runner-up club to sign a professional contract following the collegiate season. Outfielder Jason VanMeetren and right-handed pitcher Mike Wodnicki, both juniors in 2001, signed professional baseball contracts respectively with the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals organizations earlier this summer. Both are currently playing at the Single-A level.