College of Charleston junior middle infielder Gunnar Heidt was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 13th round (384th overall) of the MLB Draft on Saturday.
With his selection in the 13th round, Heidt becomes the 14th player drafted under head coach Monte Lee in the last six seasons.
A native of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Heidt was an All-CAA Preseason selection and lived up to his billing throughout the season until he was hit by a pitch in late April and has had to miss time with a broken hand. He returned to the starting lineup on Saturday as the designated hitter against Texas Tech in the NCAA Super Regional opener.
Up until his injury, Heidt hit a team-best .335 with 30 RBIs, ranking sixth in the CAA in batting average. Heidt’s slugging percentage of .482 is still second on the squad, while his 15 stolen bases still rank third in the CAA despite him missing the last 18 games. He was named All-CAA First Team and was the CAA Player of the Week on April 14.
Last season, Heidt led the Cougars with a .349 batting average and 54 RBIs. He led the Southern Conference with seven triples and stole 13 bases. He was named the SoCon Player of the Month in March.
On Friday, CofC signee Nick Wells was also drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round.