With the 132nd pick overall, coming in the 4th round, the Cleveland Indians selected second baseman Ernie Clement, by way of the University of Virginia.
Born: 03/22/96 — Height: 6'0" — Weight: 170 — Bats: Right — Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Ernie Clement means the Indians go back to drafting from Virginia after not having taken a player from there since Mike Papi. I had Clement in the top 100 as a future utility player. He was one of the hardest guys to strike out in the country this year. He struck out just 7 times in 285 place appearances this year. He has no power at all and doesn’t walk either so the value offensively is entirely based on batting average and his ability to get on base in that manner. This is why I project him as backup, as a singles hitter who can run a little it is going to be hard for him to be much more than that.
Press Release: Clement hit .315 with 31 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 53 games while making the move from second base to shortstop during his junior season for UVA…Struck out just 7 times in 254 at bats…Was a third-team All-ACC selection in 2016 and 2017…Named 2016 Cape Cod League MVP…Fanned just 31 times in 745 career at bats for the Cavs…2017 Preseason All-American (first team by D1Baseball, second team by Baseball America).