Jacob Forrester

Jacob Forrester pitches during a Central Washington University baseball game earlier this season. He was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 37th round of the 2019 MLB Draft.

It wasn't anything but a casual Wednesday evening for Jacob Forrester who recently finished his last collegiate season for the Central Washington University baseball team.

He was slumped out on the couch watching the MLB Draft tracker online to see if there was a chance his name would be called in the final round of the draft.

"I was laying on my couch half asleep," he laughed. "I was in and out of sleep and got a text and woke me up."

That text would be from the Cleveland Indians area scout to give him a call. The scout asked Forrester if he would sign if they were to draft him in the next few rounds.

The answer was simple from Forrester: "I said, 'Hell yeah I would.'"

Forrester, the fifth-year senior relief pitcher for CWU was chosen in the 37th round by the Indians, which was the 1,120th draft pick out of the 1,217 players selected.

In the 2019 season, he appeared in 15 games for CWU and notched five saves to bring his career total to eight which was third all-time in school history.

He struck out 36 batters in 18.1 innings and allowed a mere five runs all season to carry an earned run average of 2.45. Opposing batters posted an average of .148.

He earned Second Team All-GNAC.

"It's awesome for him," CWU Head Coach Desi Storey told CWU Athletics. "Especially with what he's been through in his career. I can't be happier for him. He has a great arm and I look forward to watching him play."

Forrester's coaches told him not to get his expectations to high about getting drafted this year because he's considered "old" as far as collegiate standing goes. MLB teams typically like to draft guys who are eligible after their third season of college, or out of high school.

"They (CWU coaches) were hoping for a free agency signing or something like that," Forrester said. "But yeah, that's what I was expecting."

A few MLB teams were in contact with Forrester, and the Indians watched him throw a bullpen session just a few weeks ago.

According to Forrester, his fastball can top out at 95 mph and has a decent slider as well. When he came in as a freshman in 2014-15, he was hitting around 92 mph.

He later had shoulder pain which dipped him down to 87 mph, and then blew out his elbow in the fall of 2016 before his junior season which forced him to redshirt. He recovered fully and was back to tossing his fastball in the mid '90s.

"No, not at all anymore. Feels great," he said of his injury.

Forrester, an Idleyld Park, Oregon native, said if he didn't get his name called in the draft, he was going to wait around and see if he could get a free agent deal.

He would have stuck around Ellensburg for another year or two while his girlfriend finished up her degree and hopefully help coach CWU baseball.

"I was going to start passing out some resumes and get a job," Forrester chuckled.

He will graduate this Saturday with a degree in environmental science specializing in environmental geography.

According to CWU Athletics, Forrester is the sixth Wildcat to be drafted. The others were: Billy North (1969, Chicago Cubs), Dave Heaverlo (1972 & 1973, San Diego Padres), Brandon Rohde (2012, Atlanta Braves), and CJ Gettman (2016, San Francisco Giants).

He reports to the Indians spring training facility in Arizona next Monday.

"I just really want to keep playing baseball," Forrester said. "I didn't want to give it up yet, that's what I'm most looking forward to."


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