Cleveland Indians announce signing of 32 draft picks, including top 13 selections

The Cleveland Indians announced the signing of 32 members of its 2019 First-Year Player Draft class Friday, including each of their first 13 selections.

Among the signings is first-round pick DANIEL ESPINO, a right-handed pitcher out of the Georgia Premier Academy in Statesboro, Ga.

The 18-year-old posted a 0.32 ERA (2ER/44.0IP) with 10 walks and 106 strikeouts over nine starts during his recently completed senior season.

Listed below are the 32 players signed:

Round 1 (#24 overall)
RHP DANIEL ESPINO
AGE/DOB
: 18, Jan. 5, 2001 SCHOOL: Premier Academy (Ga.) BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–2/205

Espino, 18, recently posted a senior season ERA of 0.32 (44.0IP, 10H, 2ER, 10BB, 106SO) in 9 starts for the Georgia Premier Academy in Statesboro, GA. The 6–2, 200-lb, hard-throwing right-hander moved with his family from Panama to Georgia during his sophomore year of high school. The LSU commit was clocked at 99 miles per hour during the Under Armour All-America Game last summer and pitched for the 18U Team Panama squad in the November 2018 COPABE Games in Chitré, Panama.

Round 2 (#63 overall)
SS YORDYS VALDES
AGE/DOB
: 17, Aug. 16, 2001 SCHOOL: McArthur HS (Fla.)
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5–11/170

Valdes, 17, recently graduated from McArthur High School in Miami, FL, batting .343 (25-for-73) with 8 2B, 1 3B, 13 RBI and 20 runs scored in 23 games. The switch-hitting, shortstop was born in Cuba, moved to South Florida at age five and recently committed to Florida State University. He was coached in high school by former Major Leaguer Oddibe McDowell and his father, Oscar, played outfield for the Cuban national team.

Round 3 (#101 overall)
1B JOSEPH NARANJO
AGE/DOB
: 18, May 11, 2001 SCHOOL: Ayala HS (Calif.)
BATS/THROWS: L/L HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–0/175

Naranjo, 18, recently completed his senior year at Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills, California. The first baseman hit .382 (39–102) this season with eight doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 29 RBI and 30 runs scored in 31 games. Naranjo has committed to play in college at Cal State Fullerton.

Round 4 (#130 overall)
SS CHRISTIAN CAIRO
AGE/DOB
: 17, June 11, 2001 SCHOOL: Calvary Christian HS (Fla.)
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5–10/170

Hit .425 (37–87) with six doubles, three triples, four home runs and 44 runs scored in 32 games for Calvary Christian High School…son of 17-year Major League veteran Miguel Cairo…named 2019 Preseason All-American and First Team All-Florida Region by Perfect Game…verbally committed to play at LSU.

Round 5 (#160 overall)
RHP HUNTER GADDIS
AGE/DOB
: 21, April 9, 1998 COLLEGE: Georgia State
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–6/212

Led the Sun Belt in strikeouts in 2019 with 112, the second-highest mark in Georgia State history…owns lowest career ERA in Georgia State history (3.81)…named Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2018 and 2019…highest drafted player out of Georgia State in school history…played on the U.S. Collegiate National Team in 2017.

Round 6 (#190 overall)
SS JORDAN BROWN
AGE/DOB
: 17, Sept. 9, 2001 SCHOOL: Junipero Serra HS (Calif.)
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–3/185

Recently completed his senior season at Junipero Serra High School, hitting .464 (32–69) with eight doubles, a home run, 18 RBI and 12 runs scored in 23 games…batted .419 (98–234) with 18 doubles, two home runs, 49 RBI and 40 runs scored over 76 games in his 3-year high school career…named 2019 Preseason All-American and Second Team All-Region California by Perfect Game…committed to Fresno State University.

Round 7 (#220 overall)
RHP XZAVION CURRY
AGE/DOB
: 20, July 27, 1998 COLLEGE: Georgia Tech
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5–10/189

Made 11 appearances and 10 starts for the Yellow Jackets in 2019, going 4–2 with a 4.08 ERA (26ER/57.1IP), 16 walks and 66 strikeouts…named ACC Pitcher of the Week twice as a sophomore for the weeks of April 2, 2018 and April 30, 2018…went 8–4 in 2018, tied for the ACC lead in wins.

Round 8 (#250 overall)
OF WILL BRENNAN
AGE/DOB
: 21, Feb. 2, 1998 College: Kansas State
BATS/THROWS: L/L HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–0/190

Two-way player at Kansas State, hitting .291 (65–223) with 14 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 32 RBI, 37 runs and 13 stolen bases in 58 games and going 4–4 with three saves and a 6.40 ERA (37ER/52.0IP) in 17 appearances and 8 starts as a junior for the Wildcats…named All-Big 12 First Team as a sophomore after hitting .359 (79–220) with 13 doubles, 23 RBI, 49 runs and 16 stolen bases in 54 games and going 2–1 with one save a 3.86 ERA (12ER/28.0IP) in nine appearances and five starts…hit .350 (64–183) with seven doubles, 27 RBI, 37 runs and eight stolen bases in 50 games as a freshman, earning Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA.

Round 9 (#280 overall)
C WILL BARTLETT
AGE/DOB
: 18, Feb. 2, 2001 SCHOOL: IMG Academy (Fla.)
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–3/215

Hit .500 (47–94) with 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 34 runs scored and 43 RBI as a senior at IMG Academy…committed to play at the University of Arizona.

Round 10 (#310 overall)
RHP ZACH HART
AGE/DOB
: 22, May 17, 1997 COLLEGE: Franklin Pierce University
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–4/235

Went 5–1 with 3 saves and a 2.65 ERA (20ER/68.0IP) with 18 walks and 68 strikeouts in 14 appearances and 10 starts as a senior at NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce University…made 12 starts for the Ravens as a junior, finishing 9th in Division II in WHIP (0.91) and 15th in ERA (1.97), earning All-Northeast 10 Conference First Team honors…went 1–1 with a 1.54 ERA with four walks and 16 strikeouts over 23.1 innings over 11 appearances and one start for the Wareham Gateman in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2018.

Round 11 (#340 overall)
RHP NICK MIKOLAJCHAK
AGE/DOB
: 21, Nov. 21, 1997 COLLEGE: Sam Houston State
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–2/215

Went 5–4 with a 3.90 ERA (28ER/64.2IP), 17 walks and 76 strikeouts in 23 appearances and 7 starts in 2019 at Sam Houston State University…matched single-season saves record for the Bearkats in 2017 with 13…named to SLC All-Academic Second Team in 2018.

Round 12 (#370 overall)
RHP ALLAN HERNANDEZ
AGE/DOB
: 18, Jan. 19, 2001 SCHOOL: Miami Christian HS (Fla.)
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–5/225

Committed to Florida International University…finished his senior year at Miami Christian High School with a 5.85 ERA and 34 strikeouts.

Round 13 (#400 overall)
OF MICAH PRIES
AGE/DOB
: 21, Feb. 27, 1998 COLLEGE: Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)
BATS/THROWS: L/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–4/190

Hit .318 (61–192) with 18 home runs, 50 RBI, 38 runs and five stolen bases with a 1.052 OPS as a junior for NCAA Division II Point Loma Nazarene…reached base safely in 30 straight games between the 2018 and 2019 seasons…his 18 home runs are T4th-most in school history, while his 35 career home runs are T2nd-most…named honorable mention All-American by NCBWA.

Round 15 (#460 overall)
RHP TREY BENTON
AGE/DOB:
20, June 18, 1998 COLLEGE: East Carolina
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–4/209

Went 4–0 with a 4.01 ERA (11ER/24.2IP), nine walks and 28 strikeouts in 13 relief appearances and three starts during his junior season at East Carolina…posted a 4–5 record with a 3.13 ERA (24ER/69.0IP) with 13 walks and 68 strikeouts in 22 appearances and nine starts as a sophomore in 2018…recorded 2 saves with a 2.01 ERA (5ER/22.1IP) with 10 walks and 19 strikeouts in nine outings and three starts for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2018.

Round 16 (#490 overall)
RHP JORDAN JONES
AGE/DOB
: 21, Oct. 2, 1997 COLLEGE: Washington
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–2/209

Led the Huskies with 87.0 innings pitched in 2019, going 4–6 with a 4.86 ERA (47ER/87.0IP) in 15 starts…ranks 6th all-time in school history in strikeouts (209) and 7th in innings (268.1)…earned 2018 All-Pac 12 honorable mention honors after going 6–4 with a 3.98 ERA (46ER/104.0IP) in 19 appearances and 18 starts…brother, Tyler, drafted in 19th round of 2016 First Year Player Draft by Houston.

Round 17 (#520 overall)
CF JULIAN ESCOBEDO
AGE/DOB
: 20, June 10, 1998 COLLEGE: San Diego State
BATS/THROWS: L/L HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5–11/190

Hit .255 (56–220) in 57 games with San Diego State as a junior with nine doubles, five home runs and 32 RBI…led the Aztecs in walks (37) in 2018, while his .419 on-base percentage was 2nd-best on the team and .848 OPS was 4th-best.

Round 18 (#550 overall)
RHP MATT WALDRON
AGE/DOB
: 22, Sept. 26, 1996 COLLEGE: Nebraska
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–2/185

Went 6–4 with a 3.05 ERA (34ER/100.1IP), 7 walks and 93 strikeouts as a senior, leading the team in innings and strikeouts…ranked 5th in the Big 10 in innings pitched…pitched in NCAA Regional against Oklahoma State, giving up two runs with 11 strikeouts over 7.0 innings…named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2016.

Round 19 (#580 overall)
RHP KEVIN KELLY
AGE/DOB
: 21, Nov. 28, 1997 COLLEGE: James Madison
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–2/200

Anchored the James Madison pitching staff as a junior, leading the team in innings (88.1) and strikeouts (94) and tying for the team lead in starts (15), posting a 3.26 ERA (32ER/88.1IP) over 15 starts…went 3–3 with a 3.74 ERA (28ER/67.1IP) in 15 appearances and 11 starts as a sophomore in 2018…named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball after recording a 5–3 mark with a 2.91 ERA (11ER/34.0IP) in 24 relief appearances in 2017.

Round 20 (#610 overall)
RHP Nic Enright
AGE/DOB
: 22, February 16, 1996 COLLEGE: Virginia Tech
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–3/205

Went 1–3 with a 3.93 ERA (22ER/50.1IP) in 21 appearances and five starts in 2019…ranked 2nd on the team with 63 strikeouts…drafted by New York-NL in the 19th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign.

Round 21 (#640 overall)
C MICHAEL AMDITIS
AGE/DOB
: 21, Aug. 14, 1997 COLLEGE: Miami (FL)
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5–11/190

Hit .273 (45–165) with six doubles, seven home runs and 24 RBI in 51 games as a redshirt sophomore with the Hurricanes in 2019…Drafted by the Indians in the 37th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of high school but did not sign…missed most of the 2017 season due to a broken bone in his leg.

Round 22 (#670 overall)
C AUSTIN PINORINI
AGE/DOB
: 22, Sept. 20, 1996 COLLEGE: Gonzaga
BATS/THROWS: L/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5–10/185

Batted .270 (57–211) with 16 doubles, two triples, a home run, 34 RBI and 34 runs scored in 55 games as a senior at Gonzaga…began his collegiate career at Bellevue College in Washington before spending his junior and senior seasons at Gonzaga.

Round 23 (#700 overall)
LHP CHANDLER FIDEL
AGE/DOB: 21, Nov. 19, 1997 COLLEGE: University of Arkansas — Little Rock
BATS/THROWS: L/L HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–5/225

Went 5–4 this year with a 3.65 ERA (41ER/101.0IP), 31 walks and 101 strikeouts as a junior in 2019…led the Sun Belt Conference in innings pitched, ranked fourth in strikeouts and seventh in ERA and opponent batting average (.235).

Round 24 (#730 overall)
SS JOAB GONZALEZ
AGE/DOB
: 19, Dec. 2, 1999 COLLEGE: New Mexico JC (NM)
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5–11/175

Hit .315 (56–178) in 57 games as a sophomore with the Thunderbirds in 2019 with 13 doubles, seven triples, 12 home runs and 54 RBI…committed to University of New Orleans.

Round 25 (#760 overall)
RHP ERIC MOCK
AGE/DOB
: 22, July 12, 1996 COLLEGE: Penn State
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–2/220

Went 2–4 with a 3.93 ERA (29ER/66.1IP) with 27 walks and 77 strikeouts in 12 starts as a redshirt junior with Penn State in 2019…earned Academic All-Big 10 honors in 2017 and 2018.

Round 28 (#850 overall)
RHP SERAFINO BRITO
AGE/DOB
: 22, April, 28, 1997 COLLEGE: Rutgers
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–0/200

Went 3–5 with eight saves and a 4.60 ERA (24ER/47.0IP) with 24 walks and 44 strikeouts in 29 appearances and one start as a senior at Rutgers in 2019…ranked third in the Big Ten in appearances and sits third all-time in games pitched in school history with 86…posted a 3.40 ERA in 28 relief outings with 17 scoreless appearances…his eight saves tied for the fifth-most in a single season in Rutgers history.

Round 29 (#880 overall)
RHP NATE OCKER
AGE/DOB
: 22, Dec. 3, 1996 COLLEGE: College of Charleston
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–0/190

Posted College of Charleston’s single-season record for WHIP (0.72) in 2018, while he also tied for the 10th-lowest single-season ERA in school history (2.03)…named to the 2019 NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watchlist and 2019 All-CAA Preseason Honorable Mention list…finished 2019 with 12 saves, tied for the CAA lead.

Round 31 (#940 overall)
RHP JARED JANCZAK
AGE/DOB
: 23, June 23, 1995 COLLEGE: TCU
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–1/205

Named 2017 Second Team All-American by Perfect Game, NCBWA and ABCA as well as First Team All-Big 12 after going 9–2 with a 2.31 ERA (24ER/93.1IP) and 102 strikeouts as a redshirt sophomore…went 0–4 with a 6.18 ERA (27ER/39.1IP) over 13 games and 10 starts as a redshirt senior in 2019 …drafted by Los Angeles-AL in the 32nd round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign.

Round 32 (#970 overall)
LHP ANDREW MISIASZEK
AGE/DOB
: 21, Aug. 24, 1997 COLLEGE: Northeastern
BATS/THROWS: R/L HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–2/213

Led Northeastern in ERA at 2.33 (10ER/38.2IP) as a senior in 2019…matched his own school record with 12 saves, earning Third Team All-CAA honors…posted a 2.70 ERA (17ER/56.2IP) and set a school record with 12 saves as a junior in 2018…was named a Cape Cod League All-Star in 2018, notching a 1.11 ERA with five saves in 24.1 innings over 17 games and one start for the Harwich Mariners.

Round 33 (#1000 overall)
RHP KEVIN COULTER
AGE/DOB
: 22, Aug. 12, 1996 COLLEGE: Mercer
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–5–227

Went 5–3 with a 3.90 ERA (36ER/82.0), 19 walks and 66 strikeouts as a senior in 2019, earning All-SoCon Second Team honors…his 82.0 innings led Mercer…named to 2016 All-SoCon Freshman Team.

Round 34 (#1030 overall)
RHP ALEC WISELY
AGE/DOB
: 21, Aug. 13, 1997 COLLEGE: South Florida
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5–9/184

Spent first year as a primary pitcher in 2019, going 3–4 with a 4.88 ERA (41ER/75.1IP), 25 walks and 54 strikeouts in a team-leading 15 starts as a senior at South Florida…served as a two-way player as a junior at USF in 2018, going 3–0 with a 3.35 ERA (17ER/45.2IP) in 18 appearances and five starts as a pitcher and appearing in 16 games at second base and DH for the Bulls…spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Gulf Coast State College.

Round 35 (#1060 overall)
LHP RANDY LABAUT
AGE/DOB
: 22, Oct. 1, 1996 COLLEGE: Arizona
BATS/THROWS: L/L HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–1/202

Went 8–3 with a 5.19 ERA (37ER/85.0IP), 32 walks and 79 strikeouts in 2019 as a junior at Arizona…tossed 6.0+ innings in each of his last six starts.

Round 37 (#1120 overall)
RHP JACOB FORRESTER
AGE/DOB
: 23, Dec. 12, 1995 SCHOOL: Central Washington
BATS/THROWS: R/R HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6–0/185

In 15 appearances as a redshirt senior with Central Washington in 2019, went 1–0 with five saves, a 2.45 ERA (5ER/18.1IP), 13 walks and 36 strikeouts…in his senior year of high school in 2014, named 1A/2A Oregon State Player of the Year.


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