ECU catcher Seth Caddell signs free-agent contract with Cleveland Indians

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina junior Seth Caddell has signed a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Indians the organization announced Wednesday evening.

He is the fourth Pirate to earn a professional playing opportunity following the selections of Gavin Williams (Cleveland Indians/first round/pick 23), Connor Norby (Baltimore Orioles/second round/pick 41) and Thomas Francisco (St. Louis Cardinals/19th round/pick 571) in the 2021 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Thomas Francisco third ECU player chosen in MLB draft, picked in 19th round by Cardinals

Connor Norby chosen in second round of MLB draft by Orioles

Cleveland selects ECU’s Gavin Williams 23rd in 1st round of MLB draft

Seth Caddell – 2021 Biographical Sketch
Second-Team All-Region selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) … Started 57 of 60 games (47/C, 10/DH) … Stood sixth on the team with a .270 (53-for-196) batting average … Hit a team second-best 14 home runs with 47 RBI and scored 46 runs … Tallied 22 extra base hits (14 home runs, eight doubles) … Ranked third on the club with 103 total bases … Drew 33 walks and was hit by a pair of pitches … Registered seven total sacrifices which stood third on the team … Hit at a .341 clip (15-for-44) when leading off an inning … Advanced runners at a 46.2 percent rate (55-for-119) … Registered 24 two-out hits and 23 two-out RBI … Tallied 15 multi-hit and drove in two or more runs in a game on nine occasions … Hit primarily in the third through fifth spots in the order (combined 44 of 57 starts) … Collected at least one hit in 37 of 60 games … Scored at least one run in 34 contests (multiple 10 times) … Hit home runs in consecutive games twice (Illinois State/March 20-21 and Wichita State/Tulane May 2 and 7) … Registered five game-winning RBI … Ten of 14 home runs came in non-conference play … Tied single-game highs in hits (3 vs. Maryland/ Greenville Regional) and RBI (five vs. Appalachian State) … Batted .244 (19-for-78) with four home runs, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored in conference play … Stood second on the team with a .364 average in the Greenville Regional … Tied with Connor Norby in hits (four) during regional action … Posted a .996 fielding percentage committing two errors in 497 chances … Registered 465 putouts and 30 assists … Threw out 14 would-be base stealers.

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