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Mets Draft Review: Taking a look at the team’s first five picks in 2018

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Round Five – Pick #140: Ryley Gilliam

Age: 20

Position: RHP

School: Clemson University

Height/Weight: 5’10″/170 lbs.

In the fifth round of the draft, the Mets selected Ryley Gilliam out of Clemson University. With the Tigers this season, Gilliam closed out games and was a reliable option out of the bullpen.

Gilliam began his collegiate career as both a starter and a reliever but settled into the latter during his sophomore season. His fastball is excellent thanks to his very quick arm action and approach. He complements his plus fastball with a nice 12-6 curveball and slider.

Gilliam really turned things around following his freshman year at Clemson. In his first season with the Tigers, he pitched to a rather unimpressive 6.10 ERA in 31.0 IP, allowing 26 hits.

Come sophomore season, Gilliam made the full transition to a relief pitcher and his numbers got drastically better. He posted a 2.57 ERA, struck out 50 and had 4 saves in 35.0 innings. Then in 2018, he was one of the best relievers in all of college baseball. In 36.0 innings, he had a 0.99 ERA, struck out 53, and accumulated 11 saves.

Brian Sakowski, the National Scouting Supervisor for Perfect Game said this about the Mets picking Gilliam:

Scouts say that he could be a fast-mover in the Mets farm system, and we could potentially see him in Flushing by 2020.

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