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Cleveland Indians pick MAHS grad Ocker in Major League Baseball Draft, a 'dream come true,' he says

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Nathan Ocker, a 2015 Middletown Area High School graduate who pitched four seasons at the College of Charleston, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball …

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Cleveland Indians pick MAHS grad Ocker in Major League Baseball Draft, a 'dream come true,' he says

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Nathan Ocker, a 2015 Middletown Area High School graduate who pitched four seasons at the College of Charleston, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday.

“Beyond blessed for this opportunity, it is truly a dream come true! Can not wait to get to work and continue to compete at the highest level!” Ocker tweeted.

Ocker, a relief pitcher, was the 880th overall selection. He ended his career at the South Carolina college ranked second all-time in saves (26), WHIP (0.97) and appearances (92). He ranks third all-time in strikeouts per nine innings (10.24), sixth in strikeouts (215) and seventh in earned run average (3.00), and is second in Colonial Athletic Association history in saves. He had a 15-10 career record and has held opposing batters to a .213 batting average in 189 innings pitched.

Ocker was a 2019 All-CAA Second Team selection for his senior season, with 12 saves, a 2.45 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. He ranked 22nd in the nation in saves.

“Charleston is an amazing place where you are surrounded by the best coaches and support staff in the country,” Ocker said via the college. “Without those individuals, none of this would be happening. It is a dream come true.”

He is the son of Jodi and Keith Ocker. At Middletown, he struck out 24 batters in a nine-inning game as a sophomore on April 25, 2013. He was named to the 2015 Mid-Penn Keystone Division All-Star first team and recorded 325 strikeouts in his four-year career. As a senior, he struck out 111 batters in 10 appearances and finished the season with an ERA of 1.22. He pitched a no-hitter vs. Palmyra as a senior.

He was also crowned Mr. Middletown at the 2015 pageant, and took part in chorus, Student Council, PRIDE Club and yearbook staff at MAHS.

As the quarterback for the Blue Raiders, he passed for 1,515 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career. As a senior, he won the Melvin Fager Sr. Memorial Award for leadership, dedication, commitment to hard work and school pride.

“Nathan wants to win as bad as anyone I’ve ever coached,” College of Charleston coach Chad Holbrook told the Post and Courier of Charleston for a story in February. “When you have a tough loss, a heartbreaking loss, as a coach you want to see how the players react and who takes the losses the hardest. As bad as I feel after a tough loss, Nathan is right there with me. To me, that’s strange for a player to react like he does because they normally brush it off pretty quickly. Coaches have a tough time doing that, and Nathan’s just like that.”