College of Charleston infielder Gunnar Heidt has agreed to sign with Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and will not return to College of Charleston for his senior season.
The Murrells Inlet native was selected in the 13th round of this year's Major League Baseball Draft, becoming the 14th player taken under Cougars head coach Monte Lee in the last six seasons. He finalized his contract with the Blue Jays this week and will officially sign after the completion of a physical.
The Cougar infielder was the fifth-highest draft pick out of the CAA this season.
Heidt told The Post and Courier after the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional in June that he was going to turn pro a year early.
"We talked money before the draft and they gave me what I was looking for," Heidt said.
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 had to miss time with a broken hand. He returned to the starting lineup as the designated hitter against Texas Tech in the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional.
Heidt finished the season with a team-best .327 average with 30 RBIs, ranking seventh in the CAA in batting average. Heidt recorded 15 stolen bases, which ranked third in the CAA despite him missing 19 games.
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 finished his Cougar career with a .309 batting average and 105 RBIs. He knocked 40 doubles and slugged .456 with 35 steals.
College of Charleston signee Nick Wells also was drafted in the third round by the Blue Jays and signed earlier in the summer for $661,800.
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