Eichhorn selected by Indians in 2018 MLB Draft

McClain Baxley

Georgia Southern junior RHP Brian Eichhorn has been selected by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth round of the 2018 MLB Draft. The junior from Richmond Hill has averaged a 3.74 ERA over his three years with the Eagles.

In his freshman year, Eichhorn stepped up and had a great first year with the Eagles going 6-2 in 16 appearances. In his first game against Georgia State, the righty pitched a complete game allowing just four hits and one run while striking out four Panthers. Two months prior, Eichhorn had a season-high six strikeouts against Appalachian State.

His sophomore year was a down year compared to the other two seasons, but one of the best games of his three-year career happened. On May 10, Eichhorn went the distance on the road against Kennesaw State in a three-hit performance, fanning 10. AFter a stellar Sun Belt tournament outing against Texas State, Eichhorn was named to the All-Sun Belt Tournament Team.

In what could be his final season with the Eagles, Eichhorn had an outstanding season on the mound, earning him first-team All-Sun Belt honors. The righty threw 106 strikeouts throughout the regular season compared to just 29 walks. In 14 starts, Eichhorn was able to post a 4-3 record and a career-best 3.15 ERA. The season was highlighted by an incredible one-hit outing against the top offense in the Sun Belt, Troy, on May 4.

Eichhorn is the 117th Eagle to be drafted in the MLB Draft. GS had five selected in last year’s draft, a school record. Eichhorn joins Alan Willis and Craig Cooper as the only other Eagles drafted by Cleveland.

McClain Baxley, The George-Anne Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu