We continue the countdown today with number 50, Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie. In his sophomore season with the Shockers, Gillaspie started 62 games at first base, three at DH and one in right field as he played a huge role in the success of the program. In 66 games the 6’4” switch hitter posted a .299 average with 49 runs, 70 hits, 16 doubles, 11 HR, 46 RBI and 62 walks. His efforts on the field got him named to the second team All-Valley as well as the Valley all-defensive team.
The Omaha, Nebraska native attended Millard North High School where he played baseball for all four years. Gillaspie impressed as a junior hitting .420 but it was his senior year that really put his name on the map. The All-State, All-Region first baseman was named Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior after finishing the season hitting .515 with 8 HR, 22 doubles and 55 RBI.
During the 2013 summer, Gillaspie spent his time in the prestigious Cape Cod League where he was a member of the Falmouth Commodores. The first baseman totalled 46 games with the Commodores during playoff and regular season play. During the regular season he posted a .321 batting average with 53 hits, 8 HR, and 27 RBI. The rising junior proved to be a big bat for the Falmouth Commodores and proved that he has the talent to compete among the best in the nation.
Gillaspie led the CCBL in homeruns and was named to the league All-Star game where he competed for the West and contributed with double in the game. He returns to Wichita State for the 2014 season and will be a prospect to watch as the draft approaches.
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