Rockies select right-handed pitcher Gabriel Hughes as 10th overall pick in 2022 Freshman Draft
SCOTTSDALE — With the 10th overall pick in the 2022 Major League Baseball Freshman Draft, the Colorado Rockies selected right-handed pitcher Gabriel Hughes from Gonzaga University.
The Meridian, Idaho native began his college career as a two-way player before focusing on pitching this spring. In 15 starts on the bump in 2022, Hughes went 8-3 with a 3.21 ERA (98.0 IP, 35 ER), 37 walks and 138 strikeouts. He was ninth in the nation in strikeouts and led the Bulldogs staff in innings pitched as GU went 11-4 in his starts. He is the first player in Gonzaga history to be selected in the first round.
After his sophomore season, Hughes earned All-American honors from D1Baseball.com, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and Baseball America, and was also a Golden Spikes Award semi-finalist. His three West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week awards were the best of any WCC pitcher.
In 2021, Hughes was selected as a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and WCC All-Conference Freshman and Second Team after posting a 3.23 ERA (61.1 IP, 22 ER) with 67 strikeouts while batting .247 (18 for 73) with four doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs as a two-way player.
Hughes is the first collegiate pitcher selected by the Rockies in the first round since left-hander Ryan Rolison was ranked 22nd overall in 2018 and seventh overall in Rockies history.
The Rockies have three other selections on the first day of the draft: the 31st pick in the compensatory round, the 38th pick in the balanced competitive round A and the 50th pick in the second round.