June 7, 2011
BEAUMONT - Crosby High School's Jeremy Gabryszwski, who signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Lamar University next season, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-handed pitcher was taken 78th overall. Of the Blue Jays' first 10 selections, eight were pitchers. Should Gabryszwski elect to attend Lamar, the Cardinals will have him for at least three seasons.
"Gabryszewski is already throwing in the 94- to 95-miles-per-hour range," said LU head coach Jim Gilligan when Gabryszewski signed with Lamar. "He's of the same caliber as Eric Harrington and Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar's top two returning pitchers). He's a pro prospect."
Twice selected All-District 19-4A, Gabryszewski helped his Crosby team to a 21-9-2 record as a senior. Gabryszewski went 4-2 on the mound with a 2.54 earned run average, striking out 49 batters and walking only eight.
Gilligan has sent nearly 150 players into the professional ranks, including 11 who have made it to the Major League level. Former Lamar great, and current Florida Marlin, Brian Sanches was a second round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals in 1999, making him the highest drafted Cardinal ever.