Indians Draft Signees are Slow Moving

Last Thursday the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft took place. From June 6 to June 8 more than a 1000 amateur players were drafted over the 40 rounds of the draft. The Indians made a total 39 selections over the three day period and their hope is to sign a majority of them and get them acclimated to the organization.

As of Thursday evening, the Indians have currently signed six of the 39 players they drafted. Here is a list of the currently signed draft picks:

Trevor Frank, a 21-year-old right-hander out of University of California Riverside, was drafted in the eighth round by the Indians. Frank stands at 6’0 and 195 pounds and although slightly undersized for a righty, he possesses a low 90s fastball and a solid curve that give him a solid two-pitch mix to be successful in the major league bullpen.

A starter his first three years at UC Riverside, Frank moved into the role as a closer for his senior year and performed excellently. He went 4-2 with 10 saves to the tune of a 2.45 ERA over 44 innings. Currently he is on the watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, awarded to the top relief pitcher in Division I baseball.

Silento Sayles, a 19-year-old outfielder out of Port Gibson High School in Mississippi was taken in the 14th round by the Indians. Sayles is just 5’9” and 185 pounds but has excellent speed evidenced by the 103 stolen bases he nabbed in his senior year at Port Gibson, breaking the previous state and national records.

Paul Hendrix, a 21-year-old infielder out of Texas Christian University was taken in the 18th round by the Indians. During his junior year, the 6’2” 187 pound Hendrix manned mostly second for the Horned Frogs. He was named a 2013 Honorable Mention All Big 12 for his junior year where he batted .273 with five home runs and 30 RBIs in 50 games. Prior to this season, he played two years at Howard Junior College and in 2012 the Indians made him 32nd round pick but he chose to return obviously for his betterment.

Shane Rowland, a 21-year-old catcher out of University of Tampa was taken in the 20th round by the Indians. Rowland, a 5’8” 165 pound left handed hitter spent his first year at University of Miami before transferring to University of Tampa for his sophomore year. In 32 games with the Spartans Rowland batted .247 with a home run and 11 RBIs in 32 games.

Grant Fink, a 22-year-old infielder out of Missouri Western State College was taken in the 23rd round by the Indians. During his junior year, Fink a 6’3” 210-pound right-handed hitter posted a .308 average with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 50 games. Before arriving at Missouri Western Fink played two years of junior college at Mount Hood and was named 1st Team Southern Region.

Mike Giuffre, a 22-year-old infielder out of Brookdale Community College in New Jersey was taken in the 36th round by the Indians. In 2013, the 5’10” 175-pound Giuffre posted a .365 average with five home runs and 33 RBIs in 42 games.

The Indians number one pick in the draft, Clint Frazier, has confirmed he plans to sign with the team he has just yet to officially ink a deal. Meanwhile the Indians have until July 12 at 5pm to sign the remaining 33 drafted players to contracts.

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