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Indians select RHP Ethan Hankins at 35th overall; tab RHP Lenny Torres, Jr with the 41st overall

The Cleveland Indians today announced the selection of RHP ETHAN HANKINS with the 35th overall pick in the compensation phase of the 1st round in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.  

 

The Cleveland Indians today announced the selection of RHP ETHAN HANKINS with the 35th overall pick in the compensation phase of the 1st round in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.  

 

The selection was compensation for the offseason free agent signing of 1B/DH CARLOS SANTANA by the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

Hankins, 18, recently completed his senior season at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Georgia. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound right-hander appeared in both the 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park and the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. Hankins helped the USA Baseball 18U squad to a gold medal in the World Cup last fall, going 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 27 strikeouts across 12.0 innings (3H, 1R/ER, 0HR, 3BB). During that tournament, he fanned 14 batters over 6.0 innings in a 2-0 win over Korea. Hankins has verbally committed to Vanderbilt University.

 

In Round A of the Competitive Balance phase (41st overall pick), the Indians selected RHP LENNY TORRES, JR.

 

Torres, 17, posted a 0.68 ERA (3ER/41.0IP) for the Beacon (NY) High School Bulldogs this spring, striking out 85 hitters during his senior campaign in the Lower Hudson Valley. The 6-2, 185-pound right-hander posted strong showings last summer at Perfect Game National, the Tournament of Stars and by pitching in the Perfect Game All-American Classic Game. He is committed to play collegiately at St. John's University in New York City.

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