Late last night, Southern Miss pitcher Nick Sandlin got the call of his life and it sounded like something straight out of a movie. On the other line was his agent who asked him “are you ready to be a Cleveland Indian?”
That was the 67th overall pick of the 2018 first year player draft which makes Sandlin the earliest USM player selected since the year he was born in 1997.
He was certainly worthy of second round consideration following his All-American junior season with the Golden Eagles. In 2018, the right-handed ace of the staff went a perfect 10-0 and it gets even better. The Ferriss Trophy winner led the entire nation with a 1.06 ERA and .69 WHIP and it really wasn’t close.
Sandlin tells News 25 he’s decided to close the book on his chapter in Hattiesburg, eager to use the kind of stuff that plays at the next level right now. “Obviously, I hope to develop into a big league player. You never know when that’s going to be or if it’ll ever happen, but I’m blessed with an opportunity here to make that happen. And I’m excited to move forward into the Indians organization, and hopefully do enough to develop to be able to be a big leauger one day.”
Southern Miss head baseball Coach Scott Berry said, “I told him he’s probably the best that I’ve ever had, and because of the consistency he showed the whole year. Very special young man, one that we’re very fortunate to have in our program for the three years. But it’s time for him to move on to bigger and better things, and he’ll represent well.”
Sandlin could re-join his former running mate Kirk McCarty who was a seventh round selection of the Indians last year.
Sandlin says he should be signing with Cleveland this week and ends his Southern Miss career as the only player in program history to log at least 20 wins and 20 saves.