Nick Sandlin Taken in 2nd Round by Cleveland Indians in MLB Draft
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin capped his excellent junior season Monday night by being selected in the second round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft with the 67th overall selection by the Cleveland Indians.
Sandlin, the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards for top collegiate baseball player, posted a 10-0 record this spring as he was converted into the team’s top starter from its closer role.
The Evans, Ga., native posted the lowest earned run average in the nation in 2018 with a 1.06, while he fanned 144 and walked just 18 over 102 1/3 innings to have one of the lowest WHIPs in collegiate baseball.
The only Golden Eagle to ever win and save over 20 games each in his career helped the program to a 44-18 record this season that included a Conference USA regular-season and tournament championship – the first time the school had achieved that feat since 2003.
Sandlin is the third Golden Eagle to ever be taken as high as the second round with Frank Baker going in the 1967 June secondary phase to the New York Yankees, while Brandon Parker went in the 1997 second round with the 55th selection by Seattle Mariners.
It is the second-straight draft that the Indians have chosen a player from Southern Miss with Kirk McCarty getting taken in the seventh round last season. It also marked the third Golden Eagle overall to be picked by the Indians as Shea Douglas was picked in the 32nd round in the 2002 draft.
This is the third consecutive year Southern Miss has had at least one player taken in the Top 10 rounds.