The Indians have signed seventh-round pick Eric Haase for $580,000. This marks the second straight year that Cleveland has invested heavily in a high school catcher. In 2010, the Tribe inked eighth-rounder Alex Lavisky for $1 million.
Haase's bonus is the highest after the fifth round so far this year.
A product of Divine Child HS (Dearborn, Mich.), Haase was the best high school position prospect in Michigan this spring. He's more athletic than most catchers and shows some strength, though many area scouts weren't sold on his ability to stay behind the plate. He had committed to Ohio State.
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