At pick 732 in the 24th round, the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Riley Echols out of Freed Hardeman University
Born: 4/12/95 — Height: 6'4" — Weight: 205 — Bats: Right — Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Riley Echols' first three years at Central Arkansas saw his walk rate regress every year while his strikeout rate also declined. He moved to Freed-Hardeman, an NAIA program that saw his strikeout rate jump while his walk rate dropped. He should be a potential starter for Mahoning Valley this summer.
Press Release: Went 6-2 with a 4.64 ERA in his senior year for the Lions…struck out 80 batters in 77.2 innings and allowed just three home runs.