Righthander Dillon Howard, the Indians' second-round pick (67th overall), has signed for a $1.85 million bonus. The estimated slot for that pick was $545,400.
Howard, an Arkansas signee, has a fastball with above-average life and velocity. It can sit 92-94 mph and at times has heavy sink. Command can be an issue, but he's a solid athlete whose arm works well, so scouts can project average big league fastball command. His secondary pitches, a curveball and changeup, have their moments but have been inconsistent this season. He has more feel for his secondary offerings than many prep pitchers, which had some scouts surprised that he didn't have a more dominant season.
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