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Gilman alumnus Gavin Sheets drafted 49th by White Sox out of Wake Forest

From Sun staff reports

Wake Forest first baseman Gavin Sheets (Gilman), the son of former Orioles designated hitter-outfielder Larry Sheets, was taken No. 49 overall Monday night in the Major League Baseball draft by the Chicago White Sox.

"A lot of power, a lot of walks, little strikeouts; that’s kind of the whole goal to it," scouting director Nick Hostetler told Chicago reporters. "Gavin was an interesting guy for us. He’s a guy we identified early on as a guy we wanted to target. After we made the pick of [Missouri State third baseman Jake] Burger [at No. 11 overall], we actively pursued Gavin right away. He was an instant target. We made the phone call right after and were able to get him back down to us at 49."

Sheets, a junior left-handed hitter, batted .317 with 20 home runs, 81 RBIs and a .428 on-base percentage in 61 games this season for the Demon Deacons.

Wake Forest was eliminated from the NCAA tournament Monday night by Florida.

"It’s a little bit of a bittersweet moment for him right now," Hostetler said. "They just lost in the super regional. Talking to him, you could tell he was a little down, but he was very happy to be drafted where he was, and he was excited about that."

Sheets was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 37th round in 2014 but didn't sign.

At Gilman, he was a four-year starter and two year captain, and is the school's all-time leader in hits, doubles and RBIs. Sheets was a 2011 and 2013 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association All-Star and made the 2013 All-Metro first team.

Larry Sheets, the coach at Gilman, played for the Orioles from 1984 to 1989, batting .268 with 84 home runs. He spent 1990 with the Detroit Tigers and 11 games in 1993 with the Seattle Mariners.

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