Making the move to full-time starting pitcher has paid off for East Tennessee State senior Kerry Doane.
The Bucs’ ace was taken in the 24th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft Saturday with the 711th pick by the Cleveland Indians.
Doane, a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, led ETSU to its first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference championship and first NCAA regional appearance since 1981 after going 13-2 with a 2.14 ERA in 17 starts. He was the starting shortstop in his first three years with the Bucs.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be drafted,” Doane said. “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.”
Doane was named the A-Sun’s pitcher of the year and the tournament MVP. Doane’s 13 victories tied ETSU’s single-season record, while his 12 complete games and 147 innings pitched led all NCAA pitchers and set ETSU program marks. He tossed four shutouts this season to tie for the NCAA lead, and his 13 wins tied for second in the country.
Doane also had the second-lowest ERA in ETSU history, and his .867 winning percentage also ranked second all time.
“I am very excited and proud of Kerry,” ETSU head coach Tony 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.”
Doane was also one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes award and one of 22 players 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 MLB draft ended on Saturday with rounds 11-40 wrapping up the three-day event.