Full name NICK HOWARD SANDLIN...Single...Attended Greenbrier High School in Evans, Georgia, graduating in 2015...Pitched three years at the University of Southern Mississippi...Spent summer of 2017 in the Cape Cod League (1.99 ERA, 7 ER/31.2 IP)...Following his junior year he won the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, given to the best collegiate baseball player in Mississippi, and was named Conference USA's Baseball Pitcher of the Year and the National Pitcher of the Year Award from Perfect Game/Rawlings...As a junior, he was 10-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 15 starts (102.1IP, 55H, 12ER, 18BB, 144SO)...Led nation in WHIP (.71) and was second in ERA...Older brother, Jake, also played baseball for Greenbrier and Southern Miss...Junior year of 2017 was named first-team All-America by by Perfect Game/Rawlings, going 10-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 29 relief outings...Collegiate record of 23-5 w/a 1.70 ERA in 70 outings (15GS, 200.2IP, 128H, 38ER).
Began the year at the Alternate Training Site in Columbus, was promoted to the Majors on April 30 and was a productive member of the bullpen before suffering a season-ending injury on Aug. 11 vs. Oakland...Made his Major League debut on May 1 at Chicago-AL (scoreless 1.0IP), recorded his first hold on May 6 at KC and posted first win on June 14 vs. Baltimore...26 of his 34 outings were scoreless, including 13 out of 14 over a stretch from May 31-July 7 (13.2IP, 7H, 1R/ ER, 9BB, 23SO)...Recorded five holds, recorded more than four outs over seven outings and worked a season-high 2.0IP on two occasions...ERA after May 30 was 2.66 over final 26 outings (23.2IP, 17H, 11ER). ..Season ended over a three batter outing (HB, HR) on Aug. 11 vs. Oakland, suffering a right shoulder strain on his tenth and final pitch...Began a throwing program in Goodyear, AZ in mid-September...Limited hitters to a .176 (21-for-119) average against, lefties hit .146 (6-for-41) and RHH batted .192 (15-for-78)...Yielded on two homers in 33.2IP, walked 4.5 batters per 9.0IP and fanned 12.8 per 9.0IP.
Spent 2020 campaign at the Alternate Training Site in Lake County.
Limited to 24 appearances in 2019 due to a right elbow/forearm injury that required season-ending surgery on Aug. 21...Last appearance came on June 29 (as also on the IL at Akron, Apr. 4-18) and underwent right forearm ulnar stress fracture repair on Aug. 21 (Dr. Thomas Graham)...Started the year in AA Akron and was promoted to Columbus on June 4...Combined on the year right-handed batters hit .157 (8-for-51) and hitters batted .179 (7-for-51) with runners on base... Did not allow an earned run from Apr. 29-May 28 (12.2IP).
Spent first pro season between four stops along Cleveland's Player Development system, beginning in the AZ Rookie League...Combined on year posted a 3.00 ERA (8ER/24.0 IP) and did not allow a homer in 24.0 IP (only 3 walks against 36 SO)...Also made 3 appearances in the Eastern League playoffs barely three months removed from being drafted.