Right-hand pitcher Gabriel Hughes from Gonzaga University was named a preseason second team All-American by Perfect Game on Wednesday, the first Bulldog in program history to receive the honor.
Perfect Game is one of the largest amateur baseball scouting services in the world. Through their roughly 1,000 showcases and tournaments, the outlet provides scouting reports on all the players to college coaches and professional scouts.
Entering this season, Collegiate Baseball News projects Hughes to win the West Coast Conference (WCC) pitcher of the year award as GU’s main starter. As a prosepct, the sophomore is the highest rated Zag since Marco Gonzales after MLB.com ranked him as the No. 42 prospect for the 2022 draft.
While splitting time on the mound and at first base last season, Hughes was recognized for his versatility by being named to Collegiate Baseball's freshman All-America team as a multiple position athlete. The 6-foot-4 righty went 4-3 as a starter with a 3.23 ERA and was second on the team with 67 strikeouts. He also posted a .247 batting average and drove in 12 runs in 2021. Despite missing time with injury, Hughes was selected to both the All-WCC second team and All-Freshman team.
Hughes also spent time with the U.S. Collegiate National Team over the summer, which featured 45 of the top collegiate baseball players in the country. In three instraquad scrimmages, he recorded four strikeouts in 8.2 innings pitched.
The Bulldogs begin their season Feb. 18 in the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Arizona. GU will play two games each against the University of New Mexico and Oregon State University.