Monday, July 22, 2013

An early look at the Indians' 2013 draft class

The Indians signed 24 of the 39 players they selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Here's a look at how some members of the draft class are handling the early stages of their professional careers:

Clint Frazier (first round, OF, AZL Indians) -- Frazier is hitting .318 with two homers and 16 RBI through 17 Arizona League games. He has struck out 22 times, but the whiffs shouldn't spark concern. Frazier, after all, doesn't turn 19 until September.

Dace Kime (third round, RHP, Mahoning Valley) --  Kime, who played at Defiance High School before helping Louisville reach the College World Series, is operating under rigid restrictions. He has made four starts, but the Indians haven't allowed him to pitch past the third inning. He is 0-1 with a 3.24 ERA and nine strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.

Kyle Crockett (fourth round, LHP, Mahoning Valley) -- Perhaps the best pitcher in the Scrappers' bullpen. The former Virginia standout hasn't allowed an earned run and has struck out 16 through 9 1/3 professional innings. Only seven batters have reached base against Crockett.

Sean Brady (fifth round, LHP, AZL Indians) -- The 19-year-old hasn't allowed an earned run through three professional starts. Brady pitched three scoreless innings in his longest professional outing last Friday against the AZL Mariners.

Casey Shane (sixth round, RHP, AZL Indians) -- The start of his professional career is contrasting what Brady has experienced. The 17-year-old Shane is 1-0 with a 10.29 ERA in seven innings. He allowed five runs and six hits last Thursday against the AZL Padres -- yet he earned his first victory.

Kenny Matthews (seventh round, LHP,  Mahoning Valley) --  Matthews is making a smooth transition from Riverside (Calif.) Community College to the New York-Penn League. He has a 2.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts through nine innings.

Trevor Frank (eighth round, RHP, Mahoning Valley) --  Frank is 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Scrappers. He has allowed an earned run in five of his nine outings.

Thomas Pannone (ninth round, LHP, AZL Indians) -- Pannone has struggled against rookie-ball competition, allowing 11 earned runs in his first 6 2/3 professional innings. He received an eight-day break after allowing six hits and six runs and coaxing just one out against the AZL Giants earlier this month.

Adam Plutko (11th round, RHP) -- Plutko hasn't started his professional career after agreeing to a $300,000 signing bonus shortly before the July 12 signing deadline.

James Roberts (15th round, INF, Mahoning Valley) -- A solace in the 12-23 start at Mahoning Valley. Roberts, who played at Southern California and signed for $100,00, is hitting .303 while playing multiple infield positions. He's making a bid to join the midseason New York-Penn League All-Star team.

Matt Whitehouse (19th round, LHP, Mahoning Valley) -- The former UC Irvine Anteater is 2-0 with a .47 ERA, 14 strikeouts and one walk in 19 1/3 innings. He hasn't allowed an earned run since his professional debut on June 21.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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