Friday, July 12, 2013

Indians fail to sign local product Ross Kivett

The Indians didn't receive a hometown discount from 10th-round draft pick Ross Kivett. In fact, the Indians didn't receive Kivett's signature on a contract.

Major League Baseball's deadline for signing draft picks passed Friday without a deal between Kivett and the Indians. Kivett, a Cleveland native who attended St. Edward High School, will return to Kansas State for his senior season.  

Kivett, 21, was one of just nine players drafted in the first 10 rounds who didn't agree to terms. The infielder earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors after hitting .360 as a junior this past season. Kivett helped the Wildcats reach NCAA Super Regional play.

Kivett, a three-year letterwinner at St. Edward, likely surrendered a six-figure signing bonus to return to school. The Indians signed UCLA right-hander Adam Plutko on Friday to an above-slot bonus of $300,000. Ninth-round pick Thomas Pannone, who played at the Junior College of Southern Nevada, received a $120,00 bonus.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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