Two Raiders selected in 2018 MLB Draft


Gabe Mosser, left, and Cash Gladfelter, right, were late-round picks in the MLB Draft, taken by the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, respectively.

Former Raiders Cash Gladfelter and Gabe Mosser were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft earlier today. Both players were star contributors to the SU baseball team during their time at the university.

Both players were longtime forces for SU and will look to earn their spots on their respective MLB rosters. Mosser was drafted by the San Diego Padres, while Gladfelter was taken by the Seattle Mariners, both in the 27th round, only seven picks apart. 

Mosser was a starting pitcher for the Raiders, finishing his collegiate career with a 4.39 ERA to go along with 262 strikeouts. Mosser came into his own in his final two seasons after a rough start to his career. He finished with a stellar 2.62 ERA and an 8-5 record in the 2017 season – his junior year. 

He followed that campaign with an equally impressive senior season, grabbing a 3.28 overall ERA and 8-4 record with 93 strikeouts. He became one of the strongest pitchers on SU’s roster, throwing six complete games in 2018. One of Mosser’s highlights with the Raiders came in his final season when he threw a no-hitter against the University of Pitt-Johnstown. Mosser only allowed five home runs in his final two seasons.

Teammate Gladfelter is in a more difficult position. He still has one year to go before he graduates from SU, but following his selection in the draft, Gladfelter is leaning toward not finishing and going pro as soon as he can. 

Gladfelter was a constant offensive force for the Raiders, especially over the last two seasons. He finished 2017 with a sparkling .370 batting average, accompanied by two home runs and 40 RBIs.

He is not viewed as a power hitter, but is reliable when it comes to getting on base, owning a .398 on-base percentage over his three seasons with the Raiders. He accounted for 98 runs scored as well as 98 total RBIs. 

Gladfelter’s 2018 season was just as impressive as his sophomore season, claiming a .324 average with four home runs and 33 RBIs.

Gladfelter said he plans to travel to meet with the Mariners soon to figure out where he will be placed. This is the first time that Raiders have been selected in the draft since 2008. 

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