Draft Spotlight: Amditis Gets His Chance; Other Miami/FIU Draft NuggetsProspects
MIAMI — In 2016, the Cleveland Indians drafted catcher Michael Amditis as a favor.
His father, also named Michael, was sick with diabetes.
“I wanted my father to see me get drafted,” Amditis said. “Two months later, he passed away.”
After high school, Amditis went on to play for the Miami Hurricanes, missed most of his first two seasons injured and was finally healthy this year, helping the Hurricanes reach the NCAA regionals for the first time since 2016.
On Wednesday, Amditis was drafted for real – this time in the 21st round – and again it was the Indians who came calling.
Reached on the phone on Wednesday, Amditis said he has agreed to terms with Cleveland.
“It’s a good feeling to hear my name called,” Amditis said. “With everything that has happened with injuries, I didn’t want to take the risk (of returning to college baseball).”