CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (WDEF) — Former Gordon Lee pitcher Robert Broom was drafted Tuesday in the tenth round of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Broom is coming off his junior season at Mercer University. Broom is a right-handed side-arm pitcher.
In April, he made a relief appearance against then No. 1 Florida, where Broom struck out 12 batters in just six innings. He also had an ERA this year of 1.70.
The Trojan-turned-Mercer-Bear struck out one-hundred and 11 batters this past season… He ranked third in all Division I with an average of 13-point-5 strikeouts per nine innings.
But he says his foundation rests at his North Georgia alma mater.
“Gordon Lee, I mean, it’s where it all started,” Broom said. “You know, Coach Dunfee, he taught me every day it’s a marathon not a sprint. And I’ve stood true to those words. And it’s great to see that I can make not only the city of Chickamauga, but the greater Chattanooga area proud, you know.”
Broom still awaits his minor league placement but expects to head out for the big leagues next week.