At pick 1212 in the 40th round, the Cleveland Indians have selected outfielder Cole Kleszcz out of the College of the Canyons.
Born: 6/16/97 — Height: 6'1" — Weight: 190 — Bats: Right — Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Cole Kleszcz is one of those players who put up ridiculous numbers in his JUCO season. He turned 20-years-old during the week of the draft and was just a freshman this year. He hit over .400 with 18 home runs and a one to one walk to strikeout ratio. He also added in 20 doubles and three triples for a total of 41 extra-base hits in 42 games. He struck out just 11% of the time, making it about as strong of a freshman season that one can have. He was named the Player of the Year and the Big Stick winner of the CCCBCA. If you wondered about his defense, he was also a Gold Glove selection in CF for the conference. He is a guy who flew under the radar in high school. As a matter of fact, he is the first player I have googled to not have a Perfect Game profile on his first page of results.
Press Release: Finished his 2017 season with a state-high 18 home runs and led the Cougars with a .410 batting average, 46 RBI and 60 runs scored…was named the Western State Conference Player of the Year.