Cleveland Indians 2016 MLB Draft Day Three Roundup

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Round 21 (632) – Wil Crowe, RHP, South Carolina

Crowe was a 2013 draft pick of the Cleveland Indians out of high school. He chose to go to school and pitched extremely well his first two years before an injury and Tommy John surgery forced him to miss the 2016 season. The Indians will certainly try and sign him but Crowe has told teammates he’ll return to South Carolina.

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Round 22 (662) – Mason Studstill, RHP, Rockledge HS

A 6’2″ high school right-hander, Studstill is committed to the University of Miami. He throws low 90s and could be a tough sign.

Round 23 (692) – Michael Letkewicz, RHP, Augustana

The lone draftee out of South Dakota, Letkewicz went 5-2 with a 3.59 ERA over 12 starts as a college senior. He’s the third player from Augustana drafted by the Indians in the last four years (Jack Goihl and Jordan Milbrath).

Round 24 (722) – Skylar Arias, LHP, Tallahassee CC

A college freshman, Arias was draft eligible from junior college. In 2016 he went 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA. The lanky 6’3″ lefty struck out 89 in 74 innings.

Round 25 (752) – Jonathan Laureano, 3B, Connors State College

In 52 games this year, Laureano hit .347/.472/.595 with 11 home runs. Oh, and he walked more than he struck out (sound familiar?) with 39 walks and 33 strikeouts.

Round 26 (782) – Tanner Tully, LHP, Ohio State

A college junior out of THE Ohio State University, Tully threw 107.2 innings and posted a 2.59 ERA. He walked just 23 and had a 1.12 WHIP. Not a big strikeout guy but another control pitcher that the Indians have focused on.

Round 27 (812) –  Nelson Alvarez, RHP, Braddock HS

A Florida high schooler, Alvarez stand 6’6″ and weighs about 230 pounds. He’s committed to a junior college (Miami-Dade) so could re-enter the 2017 draft if he doesn’t sign.

Round 28 (842) – Jamal Rutledge, SS, Contra Costa College

An 18-year-old shortstop out of a small California college.

Round 29 (872) – Spencer Steer, 3B, Millikan HS

High school infielder from Long Beach, California. The right-handed hitter is committed to Oregon and likely will be a tough sign.

Round 30 (902) – Ryder Ryan, RHP, North Carolina

A 21-year-old draft eligible college sophomore, Ryan was originally drafted by the Indians in 2014 out of high school (40th round). Announced as a pitcher, Ryan also hit for UNC the last two years though struggled at the plate. He’s hit just .200 in 40 at-bats. In high school, he pitched in the low-to-mid 90s with his fastball.

Next: Rounds 31-40