DURHAM, N.C. – Duke graduate student right-hander Ben Gross was drafted with the No. 299 overall pick by the Minnesota in the 10th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Monday. Gross is the 26th Blue Devil in program history to be selected in the 10th round or higher and joins junior left-hander Graeme Stinson as the second Duke player in this year’s draft.
Gross becomes the second-ever Duke player to be drafted to the Minnesota Twins organization, as right-handed pitcher Mike Trombley was drafted to the Twins in the 14th round of the 1989 MLB draft with the No. 371 overall pick.
A graduate student transfer from Princeton, Gross has emerged as one of Duke’s top arms as a member of the starting rotation.
Gross transitioned into the team’s Friday night starter in conference play this season, and has earned a team-high seven wins across 2019. The Duke right-hander owns a 4.09 ERA (32 ER/70.1 IP), which ranks 18th in the ACC, while also ranking eighth in the conference in opposing batting average with a mark of .224.
Last weekend, Gross turned in an impressive outing in the regional matchup against Texas A&M. The Cranbury, N.J., native worked 7.0 innings, allowing only one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out five. The performance marked the third quality start for Gross this season as the team heads into Super Regionals this weekend.