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Mercer's Broom drafted by Cleveland in MLB Draft

Senior Robert Broom was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 10th round of the 2018 MLB Draft after going 10-4 with a 1.70 ERA in his senior year./(CTSY: Mercer Athletics)

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- As the second day of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft comes to a close, the Mercer Bears now have two players selected to go play at the next level. Senior relief pitcher Robert Broom was taken in the 10th round -- 313th overall pick -- by the Cleveland Indians.

He joins junior Austin Cox as the first two Bears to be taken in this year's draft.

Broom was arguably the best pitcher on Mercer's staff this year, even as a relief pitcher. He led the team with 10 wins despite not starting his first game until the Southern Conference tournament at the end of the year.

Head coach Craig Gibson has described Broom as the team's best weapon, and the numbers support that claim. Broom posted a 1.70 earned run average in his senior season with 111 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched.

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