Cleveland Indians

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 8 Francisco Lindor SS Montverde (Fla.) Academy Fla. $2,900,000
Lindor moved to the United States from Puerto Rico as a 12-year-old, and four years later he captained USA Baseball's 16U club to a gold-medal victory against Cuba in the World Youth Championship in Taiwan. A baseball rat, Lindor has tremendous work ethic to go with above-average tools, and he plays the game with ease and passion. He's a switch-hitter with a line-drive stroke from both sides of the plate, and he has excellent hands that work both at the plate and in the field. He has the tools to play shortstop well at the highest level, with smooth actions, fluidity, instincts and good fundamentals. He's a plus runner but not a burner. Lindor's power is the biggest question about him. He has flashed more than just gap power at times, which was pushing him up draft boards. His season ended in April, and he wasn't expected to play in Florida's high school all-star game, instead working out on his own. Scouts haven't scoffed at Omar Vizquel comparisons. Scouting directors said Lindor was a legitimate candidate for the No. 1 overall pick, but more likely he'll slot in just behind that.
2 67 Dillon Howard RHP Searcy (Ark.) HS Ark. $1,850,000
Howard established himself as the top prospect in Arkansas early on, earning all-state honors as a sophomore, and has maintained that through his senior season. He has a strong track record in showcases and summer ball. He hasn't had a boffo senior season but has maintained his status as a potential late first-round or sandwich pick. At his best, Howard throws a fastball with above-average life and velocity. It can sit 92-94 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. He's played catcher, shortstop and third base in high school and is a baseball rat who has passion for the game. 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 has some scouts surprised that he hasn't had a more dominant season. Some have raised concerns about his mound demeanor and energy level, but it's unlikely he falls far enough for his Arkansas commitment to come into play.
3 97 Jake Sisco RHP Merced (Calif.) JC Calif. $325,000
Junior college pitchers, especially those in Northern California, don't typically go off the board early. Sisco should be an exception, as some scouts think he has a chance to be special. He was the best junior college pitcher in the state, thanks to a fastball that sits at 92-93 mph and gets up to 95. He shows the makings of four plus pitches, with his fastball, curveball, slider and changeup, though he needs to improve the consistency of all his pitches. He has a nice pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and has shown more maturity this year on the mound. A 37th-round pick by the Giants out of high school in Modesto last year, Sisco could go as high as the third round this year.
4 128 Jake Lowery C James Madison Va. $220,000
Catcher Jake Lowery's numbers jump off the page, but scouts take them with a grain of salt because of the coziness of James Madison's ballpark. Lowery was hitting .357/.444/.796 with 22 home runs, tying him for second in the nation heading into regionals. He has solid power and an ability to hit to all fields. He has shown arm strength behind the plate, but needs plenty of polish to avoid a move to first base.
5 158 Will Roberts RHP Virginia Va. $150,000
Righthander Will Roberts was a midweek starter at the beginning of the year and forced his way into the Sunday role after throwing a perfect game against George Washington in late March. He didn't lose a game until the last series of the regular season, going 10-1, 1.67 in 81 innings. Roberts ranges from 88-92 mph with his fastball, and offers a good slider and solid changeup.
6 188 Bryson Myles OF Stephen F. Austin State Texas $112,500
Myles has put up some of the gaudiest numbers in college baseball this spring, leading NCAA Division I with 50 stolen bases and drawing Kirby Puckett comparisons while batting .413 and setting Stephen F. Austin State records for hits (92) and steals in a season and career. Built like a barrel at 6 feet and 225 pounds, Myles originally intended to play linebacker at Texas Christian but wound up spending the first two years of his college career in Weatherford (Texas) JC's baseball program. A righthanded hitter, he has quick hands and plenty of strength, but he employs an all-or-nothing swing that more advanced pitchers may be able to exploit. Despite his steal totals, Myles isn't a blazer. He has plus speed and good instincts on the bases, though he has been caught 13 times this spring. He's a fringy defender whose below-average arm relegates him to left field, so his bat and baserunning will have to carry him. Teams have passed him over in the draft for three straight years, but that won't happen again in 2011.
7 218 Eric Haase C Divine Child HS, Dearborn, Mich. Mich. $580,000
Eric Haase is the best high school position prospect in Michigan, but scouts believe he's not ready for pro ball and needs to go play for three years at Ohio State. He has some strength and has more athleticism than most catchers, but it's uncertain he'll hold up behind the plate at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds. He didn't even catch regularly for his high school team. He has some strength in his righthanded swing, but he may not have the bat speed to fare well against better pitching.
8 248 Stephen Tarpley LHP Gilbert (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
Lefthander Stephen Tarpley has been impressive this spring, sitting in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball and touching 93, with a hard curveball. He gets around the pitch at times, but it shows hard, downer action when he stays on top of it. Tarpley also mixes in a changeup and can throw all of his pitches for strikes thanks to his athletic, 6-foot, 175-pound frame. Scouts like him, but there are rumors he wants seven figures to forgo his commitment to Southern California. If he goes to school, some think he could be a first-round pick in three years.
9 278 Jordan Smith 3B St. Cloud State (Minn.) Minn. $125,000
Third baseman Jordan Smith has hit .420/.480/.722 in two seasons at St. Cloud State, an NCAA Division II program. He has a big league body (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and plenty of strength in his lefthanded stroke, though scouts think his swing is long and wonder if he'll catch up to good velocity. After a good summer in the Northwoods League in 2010, he'll try to prove himself against even tougher competition in the Cape Cod League this year. An outfielder as a freshman, Smith moved to third base this spring but may lack the first-step quickness to play there in pro ball. He has solid arm strength and instincts, but below-average speed. He's a draft-eligible sophomore.
10 308 Jeff Johnson RHP Cal Poly Calif. $100,000
Cal Poly closer Jeff Johnson missed a few weeks this season with tendinitis, but when he's 100 percent he has good stuff, including a fastball in the 92-95 mph range and a splitter he throws between 86-88 mph. He mixes in an occasional slider and has the ability to handle both lefthanded and righthanded hitters.
11 338 Luis DeJesus RHP Angelina (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
12 368 Grant Sides RHP Samford Ala.
Samford has a potential first-rounder for 2012 in lefthander Lex Rutledge, who moved from the bullpen to a rotation spot this season. The Bulldogs' talent is concentrated in its freshman and sophomore classes, and the team won a school-record 37 games this season. A pair of righthanded relievers, Andrew Jones and Grant Sides, and are the team's top pitching prospects this year. Sides has run his fastball into the mid-90s after returning from Tommy John surgery. His 1.78 ERA this year was the best of his career by a long shot, and he still has more career walks (73) than strikeouts (70). He served as Jones' set-up man.
13 398 Zack MacPhee 2B Arizona State Ariz. $150,000
Second baseman Zack MacPhee was the Pacific-10 Conference player of the year last year after batting .389/.486/.664, the first year he started switch-hitting. He hit just .232/.377/.283 in conference games this year with college baseball's less-potent bats, though he still showed a patient approach. He took his walks and didn't strike out a lot, but put a lot of pressure on himself after his huge sophomore season. MacPhee has a tight, uphill swing from both sides of the plate. He doesn't have the arm strength to play anywhere but second base and is a fringy runner. He's a good defender at second base, but at 5-foot-8 and 172 pounds he needs either big tools or big numbers, and he had neither this year.
14 428 Cody Anderson RHP Feather River (Calif.) JC Calif. $250,000
Feather River CC has six players who have been drafted previously, including righthander Cody Anderson, a 17th-round pick by the Rays last year. Anderson, who is 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, has steadily boosted his fastball velocity. At Quincy (Calif.) High, he was mostly in the 86-88 mph range. He touched 92 last spring and was mostly 92-94 mph this year, topping out at 96. He has the size and velocity scouts like, but needs to refine his delivery and secondary pitches: a curveball, splitter and changeup. He could go as high as the third to fifth round, and is committed to Texas Christian.
15 458 Todd Hankins 2B Seminole State (Fla.) JC Fla. $110,000
16 488 Ryan Merritt LHP McLennan (Texas) CC Texas $150,000
17 518 Kevin Brady RHP Clemson S.C.
Another Clemson wild card is righthander Kevin Brady, who in addition to being a redshirt sophomore also missed 70 days with a forearm strain. Brady made three starts in February and March and was outstanding. He struck out 19 while walking one in 12 innings against Eastern Michigan and Michigan State, giving up just six hits and one run. Then he started against South Carolina, striking out four more in four innings while giving up only one run. But he had to leave that start and didn't pitch again until May. He was up to 93-94 mph in his first start and showed good velocity in his return out of the bullpen, sitting 90-92 in one-inning stints in the ACC tournament while adding a cutter. He's also thrown a curve that at times has 12-to-6 action and was a solid-average pitch early on.
18 548 Shawn Armstrong RHP East Carolina N.C. $325,000
Scouts had hopes for East Carolina righthander Shawn Armstrong coming into the season, but he was inconsistent. He has a strong body at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and a good arm, and he's at his best when he sits 91-92 mph down in the zone. He'll touch 94 and show a curveball and slider, with the former being a better pitch. He had made 18 appearances—six starts—going 3-1, 4.22 in 43 innings with 49 strikeouts and 21 walks.
19 578 Shawn Morimando LHP Ocean Lakes HS, Virginia Beach Va. $350,000
Morimando stands 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. He shows a good delivery and a clean arm action. His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range and he tops out at 92 with good tailing life and the ability to spot his fastball to both sides of the plate. Morimando shows a good feel to spin a breaking ball and uses an average slurve with 2-5 break. He also mixes in a changeup. The Indians were able to follow his progress this summer and signed him away from a commitment to East Carolina.
20 608 Dillon Peters LHP Cathedral HS, Indianapolis Ind.
Peters has moved to the head of the class of an interesting group of Indiana high school pitchers, but he probably won't be drafted as high as his stuff alone would merit. His body (listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, though scouts think he's a couple of inches shorter) and strong commitment to Texas are concerns, though his biggest supporters liken him to Robbie Ross, a Rangers second-round pick in 2008. Peters' fastball runs from 90-94 mph, his hard curveball gives him a solid No. 2 pitch and his changeup is more advanced than with most high schoolers. His mechanics have a lot of effort and not much deception. His control is inconsistent and he gets little extension in his delivery, leading some scouts to wonder about how effective his fastball will be against pro hitters. Peters may not sign for less than first-round money, so there's no telling where he might go in the draft.
21 638 Cody Elliott OF Ball State Ind.
22 668 Matthew Reckling RHP Rice Texas
Cingrani's teammate at Rice, righthander Matthew Reckling, has made a similar leap forward but won't be as easy to sign away from the Owls. He's a top student with one year of eligibility remaining, and the team's stadium is named after his grandparents, Tommy (a former Rice player) and Isla, the facility's lead donors. Reckling pitched just 16 innings in 2010, when he battled command issues and posted a 6.32 ERA, but emerged as the Owls' Saturday starter this spring. His stuff improved after Rice eliminated recoil in his delivery, and the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder now pitches with a low-90s fastball and a hard curveball. Reckling didn't begin pitching until his senior year of high school, and his command still needs work.
23 698 Cody Allen RHP High Point N.C.
Cody Allen, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound righthander at High Point, has attracted interest because of a good curveball. His fastball ranges from 88-92 mph and he can sit 90-92 on good nights, though his fastball doesn't have much life. He was 4-6, 3.16 in 84 innings with 89 strikeouts and 29 walks.
24 728 Taylor Sparks 3B St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, Calif. Calif.
Sparks' father Don played for coach Dave Snow at Loyola Marymount and was a fifth-round pick of the Yankees in 1988 who played nine seasons as a corner infielder in pro ball. Sparks was a standout wide receiver for the St. John Bosco football team before focusing on baseball in 2010, when he stood out at the Area Code Games along with Bosco teammate Dante Flores. Sparks played an able shortstop this spring, demonstrating soft hands, quick feet and a quick release, but his range is limited and he profiles better as a third baseman as he grows into his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. He has average arm strength but below-average accuracy. He's an outstanding, physical athlete with average speed under way. Sparks takes a "major league batting practice," as one scout put it, flashing plus raw power, but it doesn't yet translate to games. Early in the spring, his stance was upright and his swing had plenty of holes, but he made an adjustment midway through the year, spreading out his lower half and flattening his stroke. His performance this spring has not matched his tools, and scouts seem content to let him go to UC Irvine and refine his game. He's a good student and is considered a tough sign.
25 758 Kevin Kramer SS Turlock (Calif.) HS Calif.
Kevin Kramer takes charge on the field as both a quarterback and shortstop for Turlock High. He has an average build at 6 feet and 195 pounds, and smooth actions at shortstop. He's an average runner with an average arm. At the plate, Kramer pressed early in the year and needs to work on not coming up out of his swing. He did heat up in the second half of the season, helping Turlock reach the playoffs. When he shows good rhythm and balance, his swing is a compact, line-drive stroke from the left side. Kramer, who played for USA Baseball's 16U gold medal team in 2009, is one of the younger players in this year's class, and scouts expect him to wind up at UCLA next year.
26 788 Austin Diemer OF Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
27 818 Evan Frazar SS Galveston (Texas) JC Texas
28 848 Tyler Nurdin LHP Temple (Texas) JC Texas
Nurdin is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound lefthander with more arm strength (his fastball touches 93 mph) but less feel and command.
29 878 Jared Ruxer RHP Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis Ind.
Jared Ruxer is a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder with a better body, delivery and makeup. Ruxer has good life on an 88-91 mph fastball that tops out at 93. He also has a hard curveball but doesn't command it as well as his heater. He could be tough to sign away from Louisville.
30 908 John Polonius SS Genesee (N.Y.) CC N.Y.
31 938 Michael Roth LHP South Carolina S.C.
Gamecocks ace lefthander Michael Roth has been a winner for the team the last two years, as a lefty specialist reliever, emergency starter in Omaha and then again this year as the team's No. 1 starter. Roth has good size at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds with a below-average fastball at 82-87 mph. He adds and subtracts from it and pitches inside to set up his excellent changeup. He's a senior sign for most scouts, who respect his moxie and performance.
32 968 Cole Pitts RHP Colquitt County HS, Moultrie, Ga. Ga.
Georgia Tech recruit Cole Pitts is a projectable signee. At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, he has upper-80s velocity and has touched 91-92 mph, and he throws strikes with his fastball and decent changeup. Unlike Josh Heddinger, he lacks a feel for spinning the ball. His control could make him the most likely of the trio to contribute for Georgia Tech in 2012 if they make it to campus.
33 998 Jack Wagoner RHP Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
34 1028 Tyler Maloof RHP Georgia Ga.
35 1058 Mason Radeke RHP Cal Poly Calif.
Righthander Mason Radeke pitched well in the Mustangs rotation this season. He's a great competitor with a four-pitch mix: a fastball in the 87-91 mph range, a curveball, cutter and changeup.
36 1088 Abel Guerrero LHP Galveston (Texas) JC Texas
37 1118 Taylor Starr RHP Oregon State Ore.
38 1148 Yhoxian Medina SS Southeastern (Iowa) CC Iowa
39 1178 John Barr OF Virginia Va.
40 1208 Matt Eureste SS St. Pius X HS, Houston Texas
41 1238 Brian Ruiz OF Lincoln West HS, Cleveland Ohio
42 1268 K.C. Serna SS Oregon Ore.
43 1298 Geoff Davenport LHP Arkansas Ark. $100,000
44 1328 Adam Griffin RHP Forsyth Country Day HS, Lewisville, N.C. N.C.
45 1358 Will Jamison OF Evangelical Christian HS, Cordova, Tenn. Tenn.
46 1388 Robert Nixon RHP Adelphi (N.Y.) N.Y.
47 1418 Corey Embree OF Moberly (Mo.) HS Mo.
48 1448 Blaine O'Brien RHP Keystone (Pa.) Pa.
Righthander Blaine O'Brien is a Massachusetts native who came to Division III Keystone from Middle Georgia JC. He was 8-1, 3.61 as the Giants advanced to the D-III College World Series. O'Brien has a skinny, projectable frame at 6-foot-7, 190 pounds, and touched 93-94 mph with his fastball. He's gangly and awkward, making it hard to repeat his mechanics, but the arm strength makes him interesting.
49 1478 Brian Hansen OF St. Cloud State (Minn.) Minn.
50 1508 Tyler Baker C Shawnee Heights HS, Tecumseh, Kan. Kan.