Gildea Drafted by Angels

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 7th, 2014

 

Brandon Gildea

Brandon Gildea

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Westmont’s Brandon Gildea in MLB drafted conducted over the past three days. Gildea was selected in the 36th round.

“I am extremely proud of Brandon for this tremendous accomplishment,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “He has been a four year contributor in our program and has improved each year. His humility, work ethic and leadership should provide a great foundation for the next steps in his baseball career.

“Brandon was fortunate enough to draw attention from several MLB teams in this process. We are very thankful that the Angels organization took the time to follow Brandon’s development and give him an opportunity in their organization. I am confident that he will represent himself and Westmont College very well in this new phase of his career.”

Gildea, a two-time All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection, posted a .387 batting average in his senior year and a .524 slugging percentage. He tallied five home runs, two triples and 12 doubles among his 87 hits – a program record. He also drove in 38 RBIs.

Though Gildea played some at third base and took the mound in nine games, his primary responsibility for the Warriors was behind the plate and it was in that capacity that he was drafted by the Angels.

“This is a bright moment for the Westmont baseball program,” noted Ruiz. “As we continue to focus on building our program, it is rewarding to see one of our goals being met. We hope to develop our student-athletes and put them in a position to realize their dreams of continuing their baseball careers.

“Brandon is part of our first four-year recruit class here at Westmont. We are proud of him and the significance of this opportunity for our program. We believe that Brandon has put the work in to earn this opportunity and that he will be prepared to add value in whatever role he is asked to fill.”

The Warriors produced their best year ever under Ruiz who just completed his fifth year. Westmont notched a record of 39-19 and won the GSAC Tournament. For the first time in program history, Westmont advanced to the NAIA Opening Round Tournament; playing at Georgia Gwinnett last month.