Bluffton's Bob Sierer drafted by Indians

June 6, 2000

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    Bluffton College senior Bob Sierer (Paulding) was drafted by the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday afternoon in the Major League Baseball 2000 summer draft. Sierer was taken in the 38th round by the five-time American League Central Division champions and will fly to Winterhaven, Florida on Sunday to begin a seven day workout period with Indians coaches before joining the Indians' single A squad in Akron, Ohio.

Sierer was scouted during the 2000 season by Indians scout Phill Gulley, who clocked Sierer's fastball at 91 miles per hour. Sierer then was invited to a private workout at Jacobs Field last Saturday for Indians scout Bill Schudlich and General Manager John Hart.

Sierer said that his performance at Jacobs Field sold the Indians on his ability. "They told me I did a great job and that it looked pretty good for the draft," said Sierer from his home in Paulding Tuesday evening. He received the phone call from Schudlich around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. "I just kind of sat there in silence there for a second. I was in shock. I thought I had a good chance of getting drafted, but I didn't really know how it would feel. It was awesome."

Sierer pitched BC's first ever no-hitter earlier this season against Kenyon College and led the team in strikeouts with 51. Sierer added a change up and split finger fastball to his pitch selection in 2000 to go along with his low-90s fastball, and with pinpoint control the Indians liked what they saw.

Opponents hit just .247 against Sierer in 2000, and in Heartland Conference games he ranked fifth in the league in innings pitched (41.2) and fourth in strike outs (33). Sierer was an honorable mention All-HCAC selection as a senior.