Indians ink four college draftees
The Indians announced Tuesday that they have signed four of the players selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Cleveland agreed to terms with college draftees Julian Merryweather, Steven Patterson, Austin Fisher and J.P. Feyereisen, and all four will be ready to begin their pro career.
Merryweather, the highest draftee of the bunch, was selected in the fifth round out of Dallas Baptist University. A right-handed pitcher, Merryweather logged a 12-3 record and a 1.07 ERA as a senior. Merryweather held opponents to a .181 batting average and struck out 132 batters this season.
Patterson, a 10th-round selection, was taken out of the University of California-Davis. The infielder was named Second Team of the All-Big West Conference as a junior. Patterson batted .326 with one home run and 24 RBIs as a senior, and he managed to walk 21 times in 41 games this season.
The Indians also signed Fisher, a 13th-round selection, and Feyereisen, who was taken in the 16th round. Fisher, an infielder, was drafted out of Kansas State University. Feyereisen, a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher, was drafted out of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.