Indians chose Dace Kime, a right-hander from the University of Louisvlle, with their third-round selection this afternoon.
Kime went to Defiance High and here is what his coach told Michael Beaven of the Beacon Journal today in Columbus.
“I am so proud,” Defiance coach Tom Held said. “That kid is a worker. To move up from the eighth round to the third round is good for him. . . . He has stuff, and that is what scouts like. Stuff. He has a tremendous breaking ball and he throws 92-93 [miles per hour]. We are so proud of Dace and all of our alumni.”
Here is the team's release:
In the third round of today’s First-Year Player Draft the Indians selected junior RHP DACE KIME from the University of Louisville with the 79th overall selection.
Kime, 21, is 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 25 games/8 starts this year for the University of Louisville (66.0IP, 63H, 23ER, 20BB, 79K, 1HR, .257AVG). The eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team plays this weekend at Vanderbilt in the NCAA Super Regional. Kime began the season in the bullpen before entering the starting rotation mid-year and had a three start stretch from April 30-May 12 where he had a 0.96 ERA over 18.2 innings (3-0, 2ER, 25K). He has recorded 146 strikeouts in 131.2 innings during his 3-year Louisville career (10SO/9.0IP).
Dace was previously selected in the eighth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates after earning All-American, All-State and All-League honors during his career at Defiance (OH) High School. As a senior, he was 7-1 on the mound with a 1.31 ERA and 108 strikeouts after being named a Preseason Louisville Slugger All-American.