ATLANTA -- Georgia State pitcher Hunter Gaddis was selected in the fifth round with the 160th overall pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday, making him the highest draft pick in school history.

Georgia State's highest draft pick before Gaddis was 2010 seventh-round selection David Buchanan of the Philadelphia Phillies (231st overall pick), a right-handed pitcher who went on to become the first Panther to reach the Major Leagues in 2014 with the Phillies. He is currently pitching for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Japan.

In Gaddis' three seasons at Georgia State, the 6-6 junior right-hander compiled a 3.81 earned run average, the lowest mark in school history, while collecting 277 strikeouts (9.35 per nine innings) to rank second in Panther annals. He also stands 10th in the GSU record book with 14 career victories, fourth in innings pitched (266.2) and sixth in games started (40).

The Canton, Ga., native who attended Sequoyah High School is a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and a three-time Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week.

In 2019, Gaddis finished the regular season with a Sun Belt-leading 112 strikeouts, the second-best season total in school history. Although his record was 1-7, he took a lead into the eighth inning in four games that GSU was unable to win, and he received two runs or fewer in seven of his 14 starts.

As a sophomore in 2018, Gaddis led the Sun Belt with nine victories and two complete games, and he was second in the league in innings pitched (100.2), third in strikeouts (98) and fourth in ERA (2.95).

Gaddis' selection marks the sixth straight year that Georgia State has had at least one player drafted. Eight Panthers have been drafted since 2014, including Nic Wilson (2014, Tampa Bay Rays), Chase Raffield (2014, St. Louis Cardinals), Matt Rose (2015, Chicago Cubs), Nathan Bates (2015, Los Angeles Angels), Joey Roach (2016, Tampa Bay Rays), Bryce Conley (2017, Oakland Athletics) and Nick Gatewood (2018, San Diego Padres).

Only two Georgia State student-athletes in any of the four major professional sports have been drafted higher than Gaddis - NBA first-round pick R.J. Hunter (2015, Boston Celtics) and NBA fourth-rounder George Pendleton (1977, Indiana Pacers).

As a junior, Gaddis has until July 6 to sign a professional contract or opt to return to Georgia State for his senior season.

HIGHEST MLB DRAFT PICKS OUT OF GEORGIA STATE
Hunter Gaddis, RHP, 2019 - Round 5, Pick 160 (Cleveland Indians)
David Buchanan, RHP, 2010 - Round 7, Pick 231 (Philadelphia Phillies)
Scott Youngbauer, SS, 2000 - Round 10, Pick 295 (Philadelphia Phillies)
Nick Gatewood, C, 2018 - Round 11, Pick 321 (San Diego Padres)
Matt Rose, INF, 2015 - Round 11, Pick 323 (Chicago Cubs)
Jay Langston, OF, 1999 - Round 12, PIck 362 (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Nathan Bates, RHP, 2015 - Round 15, Pick 465 (Los Angeles Angels)

GEORGIA STATE'S HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS - ALL MAJOR SPORTS LEAGUES
R.J. Hunter, NBA, 2015 - Round 1, Pick 28 (Boston Celtics)
George Pendleton, NBA, 1977 - Round 4, Pick 73 (Indiana Pacers)
Hunter Gaddis, RHP, 2019 - Round 5, Pick 160 (Cleveland Indians)
Christo Bilukidi, NFL, 2012 - Round 6, Pick 189 (Oakland Raiders)
Robert Davis, NFL, 2017 - Round 6, Pick 205 (Washington Redskins
David Buchanan, MLB, 2010 - Round 7, Pick 231 (Philadelphia Phillies)
Ulrick John, NFL, 2014 - Round 7, Pick 232 (Indianapolis Colts)
Joe Brown, NBA, 1983 - Round 9, Pick 187 (Cleveland Cavaliers)