At Southern Mississippi, Sandlin was a standout closer for two seasons. In 2018, he switched to the rotation and set NCAA Division I records for ERA (1.06) and WHIP (0.71).
The Indians pondered promoting him in September until he wore out late in the summer after signing him for a below-slot $750,000 in the second round and watching him quickly advance to Double-A as a reliever.
Before a stress fracture in his forearm forced him to have surgery in August, he continued to perform exceptionally well in 2019.
Sandlin, a 5-foot-11 right-hander without overpowering talent, throws five different pitches from three different arm positions to throw batters off guard.
His strongest pitches are a swooping, high-spin slider from a sidearm angle and a low-90s two-seam fastball with vicious life.
In addition to a four-seamer and a curveball from a high three-quarters slot, he also mixes in a changeup from a low three-quarters angle.
Sandlin exhibits exceptional feel when pitching, demonstrating the ability to change the breaking ball’s shape and move all of his pitches around the strike zone.
He confuses hitters by altering his eye level and speed, leading to a lot of swings and misses and weak contact. He could soon be a multi-inning relief option for Cleveland since he is anticipated to be totally fit in 2020.
How Much Does Nick Sandlin make?
Nick Sandlin brings in an annual salary of an average of 701,700 dollars.