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22   John Gast
John Gast

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Longwood, FL

High School:
Lake Brantley HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
LHP

Experience:
3 VL

B/T:
L/L


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2009: Finished tied for second on the team in appearances with 28 including 25 in relief...began the season in the weekend starting rotation making starts in his first three appearances...finished the year with a record of 5-3 and a 5.12 ERA...compiled 24 strikeouts in 38.2 innings...worked a career-high 4.1 innings in his first collegiate start against Hofstra on February 21...earned his first career victory in a game shorten by 7.0 innings due to a doubleheader against the Pride...twice tied a career-high with four walks - both times coming in games he started...made his first relief appearance at Florida entering the game with two outs and runners at first and third in the sixth...got out of the jam by inducing a fielder's choice groundout...made relief appearances in all three games against Clemson and went 1-1 in 2.2 innings of work...best relief appearance of the season came against FIU as he struck out all three batters that he faced...put together 5.2 scoreless innings in relief during the latter part of the season...had an outstanding ACC Tournament working 3.1 scoreless innings allowing three hits and one walk while striking out two...recorded an at-bat in the fourth inning of the ACC Championship game against Virginia, his first collegiate AB, and grounded out back to the pitcher...threw 2.1 innings against Marist in the opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional...allowed a run on three hits as he walked two and struck out a career-high five batters...tied for the team lead with five pickoffs.

2008: Missed the first half of the season rehabbing from off-season Tommy John surgery to his left elbow...made his collegiate debut on April 16 against North Florida...pitched a scoreless inning, issuing one walk while inducing three groundball outs...finished the season 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 14 appearances...registered 13.1 innings of work giving up just four earned runs while posting 14 strikeouts...collected career-highs in innings pitched (2.0) and strikeouts (4) in FSU's loss to Jacksonville...struck out the side in the sixth, while not allowing a run on two hits...two appearances in the ACC Tournament for a total of 1.1 innings of work...pitched a scoreless inning against Wake Forest...allowed a run on two hits against North Carolina...threw 5.1 innings in four relief appearances in the NCAA Tournament...posted a 3.38 ERA with seven strikeouts...longest outing of the season came in game one of the Super Regional against Wichita State...tallied 2.1 innings of work allowing one run on two hits while striking out three...pitched a combined 2.0 innings in two games at the College World Series...shut down left handed hitters on the year allowing just five hits in 24 at-bats good for a .208 average.

HIGH SCHOOL: A stand-out at Lake Brantley High School, earned Seminole County's Player of the Year award in 2007...struck out 85 batters in just 57.2 innings while posting a 1.18 ERA before dropping his first game of the season in April...with a fastball that touches 90 on the radar gun and the ability to command three pitches, Gast took his talents to the U.S. Junior National Team during the summer of 2007...the southpaw was drafted 170th overall in the 5th round by the Texas Rangers in the 2007 MLB Draft.

PERSONAL: Son of David and Sharon Gast...ACC Academic Honor Roll (2007-08)... named to the Dean's List (Fall 2009)...member of the 3.0 GPA Club (Spring 2008, 2009) at Florida State...played summer ball in 2009 with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League...major is marketing...born on February 16, 1989.

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