The Cleveland Indians added to their deep pitching depth by drafting right-hander Daniel Espino with the 24th overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft.
The 18-year-old prospect out of Georgia Premier Academy was the 23rd ranked prospect in the draft according to MLB.com and has some serious heat with his fastball.
He generally clocks around 94-97 mph but has reached 100 mph at times with the fastball. Espino also throws a slider, curveball and changeup as well.
Espino was born in Panama but moved to the United States two years ago with his family to pursue his baseball dream. He is committed to LSU but if he signs with the Indians, clearly that’ll change things going forward.
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer gave his own scouting report on Espino as part of MLB Network’s draft coverage
With this selection, it marks the seventh consecutive high school prospect the Indians have drafted in the first-round (Noah Naylor, Ethan Hankins, Lenny Torres, Will Benson, Brady Aiken, Triston McKenzie).
The hope should be that Espino will be part of the rotation in a few years joining Mike Clevinger, Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and eventually McKenzie who is the top prospect in the farm system.