Israeli baseball player selected in MLB draft for 1st time

PETAH TIKVA, Israel — On the mound, Dean Kremer looks just like any other top-rated baseball prospect, whipping 90 mph fastballs and snapping nasty curves.

When the 19-year-old pitcher greets his teammates in the dugout after striking out the side, however, he sounds different. Kremer is speaking Hebrew, not English.

The 6-foot-2 Kremer is the golden boy of Israeli baseball, the first citizen to be selected in the major league draft and the country's greatest hope of lifting the sport...

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