JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 8, 2013) – Making the move to a full-time starting pitcher paid off in more ways than one for ETSU right-hander Kerry Doane (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).
Doane, a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, was taken in the 24th round (pick #711) by the Cleveland Indians in the 2013 MLB Draft on Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneer senior hurler led the Blue and Gold to their first-ever Atlantic Sun Championship and first NCAA Regional appearance since 1981 after going 13-2 with a 2.14 ERA in 17 starts. The 13 victories tied an ETSU single-season record, while his 12 complete games and 147 innings led all NCAA pitchers as well as setting new Buccaneer program marks. In addition, Doane tossed four shutouts in 2013, which is tied for the NCAA lead, and his 13 wins are tied for second in the country.
Doane’s 2.14 ERA is the second-lowest figure in program history and the lowest since Dallas Rinehart registered a 2.81 mark in 1992. Meanwhile, Doane generated a .867 winning percentage in 2013, which also ranked second in the ETSU history books.
When asked about what it meant to be drafted by the Indians, Doane was excited to hear his name called.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be drafted,” said Doane, the 2013 A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and Tournament Most Valuable Player. “It's a dream every baseball player has and to be able to get an opportunity to play for a professional organization is unbelievable. So now all I can do is work hard, compete and see where it all takes me.”
Meanwhile, ETSU head baseball coach Tony Skole was glad to see Doane’s hard work pay off.
“I am very excited and proud of Kerry,” Skole said. “Kerry is definitely deserving of this opportunity to play professionally. The Cleveland Indians organization is lucky to have him. It will be fun to watch and root for him on his next journey.”
Along with receiving A-Sun Pitcher of the Year and Tournament MVP honors, Doane was also one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes award and one of 22 players to be placed on the National Pitcher of the Year Watch List earlier in the year. Doane is also still in the running for the inaugural Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year award.
The 2013 MLB Draft ended on Saturday with rounds 11-40 wrapping up the three-day event.
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