"The fourth round is a good round and he jumped a lot to get to the fourth round," said Gillespie, who has termed Summers' improvement a quantum leap. "I was hoping, if not really expecting that we might see him go a little earlier.
"I'm a little surprised that there are some guys in the conference that went ahead of him that, quite frankly, I would have thought he demonstrated he was the better prospect."
Summers, named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, is 11-2 with a 1.72 earned-run average this season heading into his start Saturday in the 10 a.m. opener of a super regional at Virginia, the No. 1 national seed. Summers, who was drafted in the 43rd round out of high school in Arizona by the New York Yankees, has won his last nine decisions and his last five starts. He has allowed one earned run and seven hits in his last three starts, spanning 24 innings and including a no-hitter in his final regular-season appearance against Long Beach State.
He has won five straight starts and will match up on Saturday against UVA junior All-American left-hander Danny Hultzen (11-3 with a 1.57 ERA), who was drafted No. 2 overall Monday by the Seattle Mariners, behind UCLA junior Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates).
Summers was taken after Big West mound rivals Andrew Gagnon, a Long Beach State junior who went in the third round (No. 100 overall) to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Matt Andriese out of UC Riverside (third round, No. 112 overall to the San Diego Padres), and Cal State Fullerton starters Tyler Pill (fourth round, No. 132 overall to the New York Mets) and Noe Ramirez (fourth round, No. 142 overall to the Boston Red Sox) were all chosen before Summers.