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The Cleveland Indians selected Davis Sharpe with the 13th round pick (396th overall) in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Davis Sharpe – Right-handed Pitcher

School: Clemson
Age: 21.5
Height: 6’4; Weight: 215
Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Davis Sharpe Pre-Draft Rankings:

IBI – rounds 11-15

Prospects Live – 252

Baseball America – unranked

MLB.com– unranked

Willie Hood’s Analysis:

Initially drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 34th round of the 2018 MLB Draft, he elected to attend Clemson. Sharpe was a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year as a freshman in 2019, a second-team All-ACC selection as a pitcher, and a freshman All-American. The Georgia native played first base, pitched, and served as a designated hitter for the Tigers. As a collegiate freshman, he made 15 appearances with 14 starts recording 84 strikeouts (8.96 K9) in 84⅓ innings with 33 walks (3.52 BB9). Sharpe, like others, lost the bulk of his 2020 season to the Covid pandemic but showed growth on both sides of the ball. He mainly focused on pitching in 2021, making 10 appearances with 6 starts. The righty scuffled in 2021, producing 48 strikeouts (12 K9) across 36 innings with the highest walk rate of his career (4.25 BB9). 

On the hill, Sharpe is an athletic pitcher (he was a college third baseman, too, after all), with a short arm circle from a three-quarters arm slot. Stuff-wise he’s displayed a high-spin slider in the 81-83 mph range with horizontal movement with above-average potential. He does possess a lesser developed average change-up giving him a three-pitch mix. Sharpe pitched in the Cape Cod League in 2019, where he reportedly touched 91-95, but he typically sits in the upper-80’s and low-90’s with his fastball. He’s a former high school teammate of fellow draftee Alaska Abney (15th round selection). The right-hander is a college sophomore eligible player after being granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA. Sharpe could require an overslot deal to secure his services.

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