At pick 552 in the 18th round, the Cleveland Indians have selected second baseman Dillon Persinger out of Cal State Fullerton.
Born: 1/314/96 — Height: 5'11" — Weight: 180 — Bats: Right — Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Dillon Persinger makes it back-to-back redrafts by the Indians. He has been drafted three years in a row. He actually went higher last year when the Dodgers took him in the 17th round in 2016. In 2015, the Indians took Persinger out of Golden West College. In his first year at Cal Fullerton, he posted a strong on-base percentage with double-digit stolen bases. He reminds me a lot of Tyler Freeman as an above average to plus runner who will be described as a dirt bag. There is debate about where he will play, but the Indians drafted him as a second baseman, the same position he played at the collegiate level.
Press Release: Drafted by the Indians in the 31st round of the 2015 draft out of Golden West Community College (CA) but did not sign…was named First Team All-Conference in both of his seasons at Golden West and was named Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year & Junior College Player of the Year in 2016…is batting .296 with three homers, 30 RBI, 40 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in his first season at Cal State Fullerton, who have won their Super Regional and advanced to the 2017 College World Series.