PRINCETON, N.J. – Ben Gross
was selected by the Houston Astros during day three of the Major League Baseball Draft.
Gross was picked in the 34th round and No. 1,032 overall by the Astros. He is the first Tiger to be selected in the MLB draft since Tyler Servais
in 2015 when he was picked by the Detroit Tigers (27th round, 820th overall).
It's still surreal to me that there was even a chance my name gets called during this year's MLB draft," stated Gross. "Being drafted and playing professionally would truly be a dream come true and a testament to all of the hard work I've done with the help of the Princeton baseball coaching staff, who gave me the opportunity to develop, and my teammates, who pushed me to be better every step of the way. I'm truly grateful for my experiences at Princeton University and I'm looking forward to what's next."
Gross had an outstanding junior year after only playing in two games in the previous two seasons. That season, Gross led the team with 48 strikeouts and was tied for the team lead with three victories. He started the year with an impressive two-hit performance along with eight strikeouts vs. Duke (Mar. 4). Gross allowed two earned runs or less in his first six starts (Mar. 4-Apr. 9), collecting three victories during that span. In his final start, the pitcher struck out a career-best nine hitters at Cornell (Apr. 30).
This year, Gross was honored with second team All-Ivy, posting four wins and 4.47 ERA in nine starts. The senior started six times against Ivy foes, going 3-3 with 40 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings while opposing hitters hit just .239 against him. He struck out at least seven players in four straight starts (Mar. 31-Apr. 21). His signature moment of the season was a complete game shutout against Penn (Apr. 14)