At pick 312 in the 10th round, the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Jesse Berardi out of St. Johns University.
Born: 1/13/96 — Height: 5’10” — Weight: 185 — Bats: Left — Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Jesse Berardi might be my favorite pick the Indians made in the first ten rounds. For the second year in a row they allocated funds out without making a single senior selection. Berardi. He slid because he likely shifts to second, doesn’t have big tools, and is all of 5’10. What he does best is hit, and also walks at a solid clip. He is an on base guy who is going to have below average power. The overall look is an average defensive second baseman with above average on base skills and below average power. It is a profile of a potential starter. He has a chance to go from 10th round pick to one of the Indians top 20 prospects. I think if one were to average the rankings of the players the Indians selected Berardi would come out with the second highest composite ranking of any player in this class.
Press Release: The Commack, NY native batted .356 (80-225) with 10 2B, 4 HR and 47 RBI in 55 games for the Red Storm this year, leading the team to a regional appearance vs. Clemson…Reached base in 37 straight games and ranked in the top 100 nationally in batting average, on-base percentage and hits per game…Was an All-Big East first-team selection and a CoSIDA Academic All-America second-team choice…Selected by the Phillies in the 40th round of 2014 draft.