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Westport's Speer selected by Cleveland Indians in MLB draft

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Updated 8:36 pm, Saturday, June 7, 2014
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Former Staples and Columbia baseball star David Speer, 21, was selected in the 27th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball entry draft by the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Speer, a left handed pitcher, went 7-2 with a 1.86 ERA in 2014 for Columbia to earn Ivy League Pitcher of the Year. In 12 starts, Speer threw six complete games and had an eye-popping 75:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 87 innings of work.

Speer went 6-3 with a 2.34 ERA in his junior season to make the All-Ivy League first team.

In his final start for Columbia, Speer pitched eight innings and allowed two runs in a 6-2 win over Dartmouth May 10 to help Columbia win its second straight Ivy League title. Speer missed this season's NCAA regionals as a result of an appendectomy.

Speer finished his collegiate career with an 18-7 record with a 2.96 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 231 innings pitched.

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