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ATLANTA -- Georgia State catcher Nick Gatewood was selected Wednesday by the San Diego Padres in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

A junior from Duluth, Ga., who attended Peachtree Ridge High School, Gatewood was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2018. The left-handed hitter led the Panthers with 13 home runs and 49 runs batted in while hitting .322.

Gatewood was the No. 321 overall selection, making him Georgia State's third-highest draft pick ever, following pitcher David Buchanan, a seventh-round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010 who went on to reach the Major Leagues, and infielder Scott Youngbauer, a 10th-round pick by the Phillies in 2000. Gatewood bettered infielder Matt Rose by two spots; Rose was chosen in the 11th round with pick No. 323 in 2015 by the Chicago Cubs and is now in Class AA in the Chicago White Sox organization.

"Congratulations to Nick and his family - he's earned this," head coach Greg Frady said. "His progression, both as a hitter and as a catcher, from his freshman year to now has been remarkable. His improvement is the result of his hard work and focused efforts, and it's great to see him rewarded for that."

Since 2014, seven Georgia State players have been selected in the MLB Draft.

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