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2017 Cleveland Indians 8th Round Draft Pick: Eli Morgan, RHP from Gonzaga

In the 8th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Eli Morgan with the 252nd overall pick.

At pick 252 in the 8th round, the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Eli Morgan out of Gonzaga.

Born: 5/13/96 — Height: 5'10" — Weight: 190 — Bats: Right — Throws: Right

Jeff Ellis: Eli Morgan to the Indians was something I called back in April. Anyone who follows college baseball and the Indians should have called it. If you are following me on Twitter I called the pick at the start of the eighth round. He is an undersized right hander at 5’10” with maybe the best change in college baseball. He is going to dominate in the lower minors, so don’t get too excited early on. He had a strikeout rate over 12 with a walk rate of 2.77, which is a bit high for the Indians for a college arm. His inevitable selection by the Indians has been a joke between myself and Taylor Ward for awhile. He is a good value here as there is little doubt that his size is why he is on the board. He has passable velocity, but being 5’10” means no one thinks he can hold up and start. I think the Indians give him every chance with the knowledge that his two pitch mix should make him a solid reliever.

Press Release: Started 14 games as a junior for the Bulldogs, named second Team All-American from Collegiate Baseball…First Team All-WCC in both 2016- and 2017…Named to Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List…Went 10-2 record with 2.86 ERA and 138 strikeouts, second-most in a single season by a GU pitcher…Moved to No. 2 alltime in Zags history with 283 career strikeouts…One of four pitchers in the nation with multiple 15-strikeout games. 

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