The Cleveland Indians selected RHP Nick Sandlin out of the University of Southern Mississipi. Standing 5-foot-11 and just 170 pounds, Sandlin was the #164 ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline. With the Indians taking three highly-touted prep players with their first three picks, Sandlin was almost certainly selected due to his likelihood to sign under slot value.
Sandlin is a converter reliever who recorded 20 saves in his first two seasons at Southern Miss before transitioning to starting this season. This season, he led all NCAA Division I pitchers in WHIP (0.71) and ranked second in ERA (1.25).
Sandlin throws with high spin rates on his pitches at multiple arm angles, including sidearm. If he returns to pitching out of the pen, he could shoot through the Indians system as a rock solid reliever. Not only should Sandlin bolster the Indians future bullpen, he should allow the Tribe brass to afford the promising young prep talent they’ve taken thus far in the draft.