For the first time since 2010 the Cleveland Indians selected a college pitcher with its first overall pick in the MLB draft, drafting RHP Gavin Williams from East Carolina University with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2021 draft.
Williams, just shy of his 22nd birthday (July 22, 1999) pitched for four season’s at ECU with a 2.65 ERA in 149.1 innings, striking out 200 batters and walking 56.
The 6’6 RHP was a SP for the Pirates, finishing with a 1.88 ERA in 81.1 innings, striking out 130 and walking 21. He was a finalist for the Dick Howser and Golden Spikes award.
in a Super Regional matchup with eventual champions Vanderbilt in the 2021 College World Series, Williams struck out 13 in 7.1 inning, allowing seven hits, two runs and two walks in the eventual loss.
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