Vandy baseball signee Gant found dead

One of the country’s top baseball prospects, right-handed pitcher Stephen Gant, has died in an apparent suicide in Linden, Tenn.

Gant, a Vanderbilt signee who was projected as a potential first-round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, was found dead Tuesday on the side of a road from what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun reported.

Perry County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Nick Weems said he reacted to a call about 12:30 p.m. local time regarding a man walking down a Linden street with a gun, threatening suicide.

"We found the body of Stephen Gant about 30 feet from the roadway with a gunshot wound," Weems said. "We do believe at this time that it was self-inflicted, however we will continue to investigate to look at other possibilities to make sure it was suicide."

Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said he was shocked by the death of the upcoming star.

"This stops you right in your tracks," Corbin said in a statement. "These are life occurrences that can’t be explained. . . . There are no ‘do-overs.’ "