JOHNSON CITY — Kerry Doane’s move to a full-time starting pitcher brought more rewards with it Saturday when the Cleveland Indians selected the East Tennessee State right-hander in the 24th round, 711th overall, of the Major League Baseball draft.
Doane went 13-2 with a 2.14 ERA his senior season, when he was named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award, the Atlantic Sun pitcher of the year and MVP of the conference tournament.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be drafted,” Doane said in a release issued by the university. “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.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder helped the Buccaneers reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1981 in his only season as a full-time starting pitcher for ETSU.
A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native, Doane pitched an NCAA-best 12 complete games this season, posting four shutouts in 17 starts. He tied the ETSU single-season record for victories and shutouts and set single-season program marks for complete games and innings pitched (147).
Doane’s 2.14 ERA is the second-lowest figure in program history and the lowest since Dallas Rinehart registered a 2.81 in 1992. Doane generated a .867 winning percentage in 2013, which also ranked second in the ETSU history books.
“I am very excited and proud of Kerry,” 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.”