Southern Miss pitcher Hunter Stanley drafted by Cleveland Indians

Southern Mississippi pitcher Hunter Stanley was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 11th round of the MLB first year player draft, 336th overall, after a banner senior season for the Golden Eagles.

The Friday night ace of the staff was named an All-American by two publications on the back of a 6-4 season with a 2.56 ERA.

His team leading 127 strikeouts across 102 innings of work rank sixth all time on USM’s single season chart, fourteen of those punchouts came against Western Kentucky in a three-hit eight inning complete game effort in the first game of the Conference USA Tournament.

Here’s a statement from Stanley to News 25: “I was overjoyed when I heard my name called. It is truly hard to put into words. It’s a moment that I’ve worked towards for a very, very long time. I could not have asked for a better organization to have selected me and I am extremely excited to be an Indian. This is a time in my life that I will never forget and Southern Miss has been a significant part of this journey. I am proud to have been able to represent a first-class program and I will always be a Golden Eagle.”

Stanley joins fellow teammates Reed Trimble taken by the Baltimore Orioles on Monday in competitive balance round B and Ryan Och picked by the San Diego Padres on Monday in the Seventh round.

Let’s close the draft day book on the College World Series champs, Mississippi State:

  • Will Bednar to the Giants in the first round
  • Tanner Allen to the Marlins in the fourth
  • Eric Cerantola to the Royals in the fifth
  • Christian Macleod to the Twins in the fifth
  • Rowdey Jordan to the Mets in the 11th

An Ole Miss pitching trio:

  • Gunnar Hogland to the Blue Jays in the first round
  • Doug Nikhazy to the Indians in the second
  • Taylor Broadway to the White Sox in the sixth
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