A Cleveland High School senior has been drafted by the Indians.
Brian Ruiz attends Lincoln-West High School on the city's west side.
Ruiz plays center field for the Wolverines, bats and throws right hand. This past season Ruiz was hitting at .596 and had batted in 22 runs. He was key in advancing Lincoln-West to the OHSAA Regional Tournament, the first time in 24 years for a CMSD team.
Ruiz was voted the Senate Athletic League MVP for the past two seasons and was member of the Senate All-Star team for three years.
Brian has accepted a full scholarship from the Community College of Baltimore County, in Catonsville, Maryland, where Dan Blue, a Cuyahoga Heights native, is the head coach. CCBC Catonsville has had the majority of two-year baseball student athletes moved on to play at various four-year institutions throughout the country and twenty-five(25) student athletes have been drafted and/or eventually signed professional contracts.
His decision will be made later this month after he weighs his options and discusses his future with his family.
This is the first MLB draft pick from a Cleveland School since Lewellyn Hill of Collinwood, who was drafted in 1987 by the New York Yankees.